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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.
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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:
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October 18, 2021
Don't you guys think, in addition to your website, would you provide Charity Navigator? I use it as a source, I didn't even know you guys had a website for this. Just sayin', the more you know the better. If your trying to stop fraud, shouldn't you use everything you know to combat it?
October 22, 2021
I receive about 10 to 15 charitable request mail in my mailbox each week, how do I know which ones are legitimate? I try to pick at least one each month but I really cannot afford them supporting myself on social security alone.