Holiday Hoaxes

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

The holidays are a big time for charitable giving, but it's also a prime time for illegal taking as many scam artists take advatage of people trying to help those less fortunate.There is a lot to be tankful for during the holiday season; parties, presents and of course, the food, but another big part is the spirit of giving. Unfortunately scam artists feed on that generosity. There are so many great charities throughout the Grand Valle, but Holly Miller of the local Better Business Bureau has seen far too many fall victim to fake charities. Organizations who say their donations will go to helping other, but it simply fattens their wallet.

There are some ways to make sure your giving is going to the right places, one idea is to not give any money at all, handout nonperishable foods instead.

If you do decide to donate dough, research first and notice red flags from people asking for money, such as an organization demanding their money in an instant. Researching just got easier too, the BBB created the website Give.Org where you can look up accredited charities and see where every donated penny ends up.

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