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Dayton BBB: Be Wary of Scams on 'Giving Tuesday'

DAYTON -- After Black Friday and Cyber Monday charities are hoping you still have some money in your pockets for a good cause. Giving Tuesday is a movement that began in 2012 that encourages people to focus on the less fortunate during the holiday season. But before you give, you need to know to protect yourself and your donations.

Last year, 2,500 organizations participated in Giving Tuesday, resulting in more than $10 million of donations across the country.

Open hearts lead to open wallets, and scam artists prey on your generosity. The Dayton Better Business Bureau warns you to be extremely cautious.

"There are many individuals that are doing less than legitimate services and some of them flat out fraudulent trying to access your money," Dayton BBB President John North warned.

Don't judge a charity based solely on an impressive sounding name. Know who is really asking for your money.

"Sometimes a fraudulent organization will have a name that mirrors or mimics an organization that you trust," North said. "If it is a cause you want to support, call the local organization that you're familiar with and see if they are, in fact, making this particular solicitation."

Be wary of those emotional pitches that pull on your heart strings and high-pressure sales tactics. North says never feel pressured to give on the spot.

"If they put pressure on you to give right now and this is the only opportunity to give, there is no other time to give, that is a red flag," North said.

Another red flag is if the group doesn't have a federal tax exempt number. Without one you won't be able to claim your contribution on your taxes, and more than likely their charity is not legitimate.

Before opening up your checkbook -- and checks are always safer than cash -- don't be afraid to ask as many questions as it takes to feel confident about who and where your money is heading.

Click this link for 'Giving Tuesday' charities in our area: http://community.givingtuesday.org/News

 
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