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Issue Number: Tax Tip 2023-110
Tips to help taxpayers make sure their donations go to legitimate charities
When disaster strikes, Americans can always be counted on to help. That help comes in countless ways, but often the easiest way to help is by donating money to charities.
Sadly, criminals are just as likely to answer the call after a disaster or emergency as the millions of people who open their wallets. Scammers solicit donations to fake charities and can pose as employees of legitimate charities or federal agencies to dupe disaster victims trying to get disaster relief.
Although some legitimate charities do contact people out of the blue, people should always be suspicious of unsolicited contact.
Taxpayers donating money should keep a few things in mind:
Keep scammers’ tricks in mind:
Disaster victims should know:
Donating to a charity is a great way to help others after a disaster or emergency. If taxpayers suspect a scam or fraud, they can report it to The Federal Trade Commission.
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