Federal Trade Commission

10/18/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/18/2021 23:41

This week the focus is on charity scams

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October 18, 2021
Rosario Méndez
Attorney, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC
Every year, charity regulators from around the word get together to raise awareness about charity fraud. The FTC joins this effort again this year because it's so important to know how to spot a charity scam. The more you know, the less likely you'll donate to a bogus charity. Better yet, you'll make sure your money is helping in the way you intended.
Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at #StopCharityFraud to get the latest advice on how to avoid charity scams. This year, we're focusing on:
  • How to report charity scams - and why it matters (Hint: go to ReportFraud.ftc.gov)
  • Research charities before you donate (Hint: go to ftc.gov/charity)
  • How to avoid scams when donating to charity in times of disaster (Hint: go to ftc.gov/weatheremergencies)
  • Donating safely through crowdfunding or social media (Hint: go to ftc.gov/crowdfunding)
  • Resources for charities to keep their computers and network secured (Hint: go to ftc.gov/cybersecurity)
You can help people make sure their donations reach real charities, not scammers. This week, join in to raise awareness in your community about charity scams:
  • Share our videos on social media
  • Follow us at Facebook.com/FederalTradeCommission and at Twitter.com/FTC
  • Create your own social media posts using ideas from ftc.gov/charity. Don't forget to tag @FTC and use #StopCharityFraud
  • Report charity scams at ReportFraud.ftc.gov
Blog Topics:
Money & Credit
Scam Tags: Charity Scams
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