• Keep records of your donations with receipts, canceled checks and bank statements to document your giving at tax time.
• Be wary of any charity unwilling to answer questions about its operations, finances and other programs.
• Look at product labels carefully. A reputable, trustworthy organization should disclose a charity name and the amount of sale benefiting the charity.
• Check out websites. Checking online could help you better understand any program involving charitable donations.
• Be skeptical of e-mails or texts from unknown senders. Update your computer with the latest anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Never send credit card donations by e-mail.
• When making a donation online, make sure it’s a secure website. Look for a website with a padlock on the page and the letter “s” in the URL web address box.
If you have any questions regarding charities or the latest scams, get help from your BBB, such as a list of BBB Accredited charities and reviews on ones you’re considering. Visit www.bbb.org or call (937) 222-5825 or (800) 776-5301.