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The Little Black Book of Scams: Charity Scams

The Little Black Book of Scams: Charity Scams


Health, environment, arts, anti-poverty, international aid – there are literally hundreds of thousands
of worthwhile causes out there. And it’s our natural instinct to help out
by giving. But in the slippery world of charity scams,
crooks prey on your generosity and your desire to help, pouncing on what
they think is your “weak spot”. They will ask you to give to non-existent
charities, or they will go to great lengths to imitate legitimate ones.
They are especially devious in times of trouble, asking you to give to
the latest earthquake or flood or other disaster, through charities that seem for real, but
aren’t. Here’s what to watch for: High-pressure
phone tactics, door-to-door canvassers who are pushy,
and who can’t prove they’re with a CRA-registered charity, and unsolicited emails. Watch out also for call centres who want your personal information – your address, and most especially your banking information or a credit card number. Don’t give them anything!!
Here’s the bottom line. Only YOU should be in control of your giving.
That means YOU choose who gets your money, how much, and when.
If you have the slightest suspicion, check the Canada Revenue Agency’s list of REGISTERED Canadian charities… … and remember that you –that’s right,
YOU – have the right to say NO. A message from the Competition Bureau of Canada…
and the Little Black Book of Scams.

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