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With the recent credit cards and scams happening all across the country, we thought we’d take today to discuss safety online as it pertains to charitable giving.

While most people are good, unfortunately, there are a few who will craft a sad story to pull at our heartstrings and trick us into opening our wallets.

Fight scammers by following these tips:

• Research, research, research

Is this the first time you have heard of this organization? Research them online – find their website, read their blog and search for them through the Better Business Bureau. Be sure you find all the information you are looking for.

• Use your best judgment

If everything seems to check out, but still gives you a bad feeling, follow your instinct. Your first instinct is often correct.

• Only give on their website

Don’t always trust emails as they are easy to copy and manipulate. If you’ve found an organization that you’d like to donate to, give right on their website. It is much less likely that money will get into the wrong hands. Lions Pride has a donation page available by
clicking here.

• If something doesn’t check out, alert your family and friends.

If you’re a target, it’s very likely that they are also targets. Send them a quick email or post an update about the organization in question and your experience on Facebook. Although it’s best to always see the good in people, we always have to keep our guard up.

What other tips would you add to our list?