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Consumer Corner: End Of The Year Scams


Provided by the Bucks County Department of Consumer Protection:

The end of the year is a prime time for charitable donations, and scammers try to take advantage. The Bucks County Crimes Against Older Adults Task Force would like you to know that fake charities are among the most popular holiday scams: scammers either misuse the name of a genuine organization, or make up their own.

The following are some tools that you can use to determine if you are donating to a reputable organization:

  • Look up the organization online and read what others are saying about it. Search the charity’s name with the terms “scam” or “complaint.”
  • Check out the charity’s ratings with groups like the

Wise Giving Alliance https://www.give.org

Charity Navigator   https://www.charitynavigator.org

Charity Watch   https://www.charities.org

Guide Star https://learn.guidestar.org

OTHER SCAMS TO LOOK OUT FOR DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON:

  • Santa fraud
  • Travel deals
  • ATM skimmers
  • Weight loss
  • Package delivery notice
  • Suspicious social media giveaways

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