Roseville PD: Charity scams appear in various shapes and sizes

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Safe charitable giving during the holidays

ROSEVILLE, CA – The holiday season is traditionally the season of giving. Many of us think about those who are less fortunate than us. Others are looking to take advantage of the tax breaks before the end of the year.

Whatever the reason, to help make sure you get a positive result, be aware, scammers are very active this time of year. Charity scams come in all shapes and sizes.

Bid online

There has been a significant growth in online scams over the past year, and many bad actors claim to be charities soliciting donations. Even if you come to know the name of a reputable charity, don’t assume that the request really comes from them. Take a close look at the sender’s name. Does it really show an email address for that charity? Charity emails usually end in “.org”. If not, it is likely a scam. Do not click on or open any links in these messages. Doing so may give the sender access to personal information on your computer and in some cases give the sender control over your computer.

Unwanted phone calls

Telephone fraud continues to increase. It is estimated that more than 59 million US residents lost money to phone scam in 2021. Rarely, legitimate charities make random calls for donations. An easy way to avoid scam calls is to not answer calls if you don’t recognize the caller. Most of these calls are automatic (robot calls) and never leave a voicemail. Never call a phone number back if it doesn’t leave a legitimate message.

House calls and street collectors

It is relatively easy for scammers to go door to door pretending they are raising money for a charity. Some even have fake IDs that they show you, knowing that you don’t easily have the ability to check if the ID is valid or not. To help deter door-to-door scammers, place a “No Questioning” sign on or near your front door. The same advice exists when you’re out of town and someone is collecting on the sidewalk. Even if they have a compelling story or a seemingly legitimate charity, if you’re not sure, don’t donate.

Follow-up tips:

  • Don’t let a charity rush you or pressure you into making a donation of any kind.
  • Find details of how your donation will be used.
  • Ensure that the charity or organization is legitimate and that it is an FTC-listed nonprofit (www.consumer.ftc.gov).
  • avoid sweepstakes that claim to exchange winnings for a donation; This is at the same time a scam and illegal.
    Some sites that can be used to search for legitimate, registered charities or non-profit organizations are:
  • Wise Giving Alliance BBB https://www.give.org/
  • Charity Navigator https://www.charitynavigator.org/
  • CharityWatch https://www.charitywatch.org/
  • guidestar https://www.guidestar.org/

Taking the time to ask questions, gather information, and check the status of your nonprofit can help ensure that your generous donations really go to those who need help. It can also help ensure that your personal information is protected and not compromised by fraudsters looking for soft targets.

If you believe you have been the victim or your personal information has been compromised, please contact the Roseville Police Department or File a crime report online.

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