Video: How to Spot a Charity Scam

Charitable donations are a great way to make an impact on the causes you care about.

But sadly, some people prey on the generosity of others. Charity scams occur when a scammer tricks you into sending them money for what you believe is a worthy cause.

These scammers often create fake charities related to current events designed to tug at your heartstrings.

Be on the lookout for solicitations with unusual language, including spelling and grammatical errors, and pay special attention to those requiring payment through a non-refundable payment method. Even if the charity seems real, it’s important to research the organization and look for reviews. If you’re unable to verify a charity’s legitimacy, it’s best to donate elsewhere.

Above all, remember to slow down and ask yourself questions.

If money has already been sent, contact your financial institution directly at the number listed on the back of your bank-issued debit card, in your banking app, or the bank’s official website.