- Don’t trust your caller ID. Dishonest fundraisers can make calls look like they’re from your local area code to get you to answer.
- Hang up if you get a robocall with a pre-recorded message from a charity you don’t know. It’s illegal for a charity to call you with pre-recorded messages, unless you’ve donated to them before. In that case, the caller must tell you that you can opt out of future calls and give you a way to do that.
- Don’t be rushed. A legitimate charity won’t pressure you and will take your donation at any time.
- Ask questions. Ask the fundraiser for the charity’s exact name, web address, and mailing address, so you can confirm it later. And ask exactly how much of your donated dollars will be spent on the charitable cause.
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