Obregon & Associates Llc issued the following announcement on Oct. 24.
IRS Launces International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, and we at Obregon and Associates want to help our family and friends who generously give throughout the year by making them aware of charity fraud.
The FTC offered a reminder of some common scammer characteristics:
• They will attempt to rush victims into donating.
• Scammers may attempt to trick victims into paying them by thanking them for a donation they never made.
• Scammers will often use software and devices to make a call look like it comes from a local area code.
• Scammers make vague, broad and sentimental claims without giving specifics as to how a donation is used.
• Bogus charities will claim donations are tax deductible even though they aren’t.
• Scammers may offer an opportunity for sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a donation. This is illegal, according to the FTC.
One way to determine if a Charity is legitimate is by using the IRS free search website to find out if the organization has tax exempt status. https://www.irs.gov/charitie…/tax-exempt-organization-search (Disclaimer: some churches, group ruling subordinates, and governmental units may not be listed on the site.)
Original source can be found here.
Source: Obregon & Associates Llc