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Charity Scam

Targets victims through a common bond, most often religion or ethnic affiliations. Scammers claim to be raising money for a special project or event and drive people to a fraudulent website where they collect credit cards and personal information. The scammer wants you to think this request for money is coming from your ethnic or religious community. They know these groups are based on shared values and trust. They will play on your trusting and helpful nature to get you to send them money that will never go to the cause they claim to represent.
Click the play button below to watch a video example:
Click here to play the YouTube Video for this Senior Fraud Alert Scam Lesson
The first step is to identify the fraud. In the video above, were you able to hear the clues in the story and detect the Charity Scam? The next step is to prevent the scammer from victimizing you or others. If you encounter a similar situation, use these tools to protect yourself from this type of fraud.
Charity Scam Clues
  • Read the email carefully. Does it have your name? The name of your pastor or group leader?
  • Are there spelling errors or strange usage of words?
  • Is there a link they are asking you to click on instead of giving through the group’s own website?
Charity Scam Defence
  • Check first. Ask before you act. Double-check with your church or organization to see if they are aware of or sent the email.
  • Do not click on the “donate” or “give now” button in the email.
Now it’s your turn!


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