All charity scams are deplorable, but those pretending to raise funds to support our nation’s veterans are particularly shameful, according to AARP’s Fraud Watch.
Fake charities use the same techniques as legitimate charities to reach you by mail, via telephone, online, by text, email or in person. So don’t think it’s legimate before checking it out.
The name of the fake veteran charity may closely resemble the name of a real charity. If you are asked to wire money, donate by gift card or give cash you should consider that a red flag!
Scammers generally will pressure you to act quickly before you have a chance to think through your decision or do any research. Here’s what you should do.
If you are approached in person, ask for identification and details about the charity, including its full name and address, and how it will use the funds. If the person cannot furnish this information, close your door or walk away.
Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to check out a charity before donating to make sure it’s going to the right place and for the purpose announced. You can do that by going online to www.ftc.gov/charity.