Donating to charity is one of the most rewarding parts of our society, however, scammers take advantage of this and set up fake donation pages in order to dupe honest, caring individuals that are trying to make a positive impact.

 

How to Know if You Can Trust the Charity Donation Website You’re Using

There are a number of benefits that come with donating to charities. If you are in a position to donate then this is certainly something that you should consider. Of course, where there are ways to give money online, there are people out there who try to exploit the process and scam well-meaning donors. Do not fall victim to these scammers. There are a number of different ways that you can ensure the charity donation site you are using is legitimate and these will be discussed in more detail below.

 

The Most Common Warning Signs

Some of the most common warning signs that the site you’re using might not be legitimate include:

 

  • Pressure

A reputable charitable website is never going to put you under pressure to make a donation. Generally speaking, the experience will be one that is calm and easy to navigate. If you have any kind of charity making out that your donation is urgent and has to happen right away, you can consider this a red flag.

 

  • A Thank You for a Previous Donation that You Never Made

This is a common tactic used by scammers that trick you into thinking you have already made some kind of donation in the past. If you think that you have already donated then you are going to be a lot more likely to donate again, meaning you will fail to question whether or not the donation is a scam.

 

  • A Request for Cash, Gift Card or Wire Transfer

These tend to be a scammer’s favourite choice of payment. As such, if they are adamant that you should make your donation via one of these methods then you should question their validity.

 

What Can You Do to Prevent Being Scammed?

So, what can you do in order to minimise the chances of being scammed? You should:

 

  • Do Some Research

There are very few places to hide online and as such, if someone has fallen victim to these scams in the past then there is more than likely some kind of information regarding this. Have a google and look into what previous customers are saying about this charity.

 

  • Ask About Where Your Donation Goes

As a rule of thumb, at the very least, 65% of a charity’s donation should be used in order to help with its mission. As such, you should ask where your donation goes and if it is less than this then look elsewhere.

 

  • Keep a Record of the Donations You Make

There are now apps you can use that simplify donating but if you would rather make the donation yourself, be sure to keep a record of what donations you make. In doing this, you will not fall victim to charities saying you have already donated to them in the past.

 

Be generous, but be cautious

Though donating to charity is a positive thing, there are scammers out there trying to take advantage of those making donations. In order to not fall victim to these scammers, you should consider the above and consult with IT security companies in order to make sure you are donating to a legitimate site.

 

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