Learn to spot charity fraud
(NC) Charities play a vital role in our society and offer valuable services in our communities. Every day, Canadians generously support this important work, but beware—there are individuals who try to take advantage of that goodwill.
Learn how to spot charity fraud and help charities continue to help others. Some of the signs of fraud are:
• pressure to give immediately;
• calls thanking you for a pledge you don't remember making;
• canvassers who are reluctant to give you details about their organization;
• requests for you to send cash or a money order, rather than use a cheque or credit card; or
• promises of tax benefits greater than your donation.
If you encounter any of these signs, remember that you have the right to refuse to donate. You can also report suspected fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca or 1-888-495-8501.
Before you donate money to an organization claiming to be a charity, always:
• confirm whether the organization is a Canadian registered charity on the Canada Revenue Agency Charities Listings (www.cra.gc.ca/charitylists). If they're registered, review their financial information and activities and make sure that you're comfortable with how they're using their resources;
• write cheques payable to the organization, not the individual;
• don't give cash at your door; write a cheque instead; and
• make sure that your online payments are secure.
The federal government has made it easier for us to be informed donors, so to learn more about how to stop charity fraud go to www.cra.gc.ca/donors.
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