Consumer tip: How to avoid Ukraine charity scams – The Mercury News

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Bay Area residents have been moved to help the people of Ukraine through charitable donations. But scammers are always ready to take advantage of generous impulses. And in moments of crisis, charities may be formed overnight. Sometimes these new charities lack the experience and infrastructure to use donations effectively.
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To make sure your donations are having an impact, give to organizations you trust. Research charitable organizations to confirm that they are registered with the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts and check their financial reports to see how much of your donation will go to overhead.

Don’t be pressured by telemarketing; research charities before giving money over the phone. Be particularly careful of fake charities with similar names or websites to legitimate, established charities. There is never a reason to provide personal information, such as your Social Security number, for a donation.
Report suspected fraudulent charities at oag.ca.gov/charities/complaints.
 
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