If you want to donate over the holidays but you don’t want to put your identity at risk, use these ways to keep yourself safe.
Unfortunately, all too many people have fallen victim to the scam of people going door-to-door asking for donations from non-existent charities. These thieves take advantage of the goodwill that generally comes with the holiday season, and have likely made you hesitant to give to people at your door or on the street.
Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to give up giving! The internet gives you the perfect forum to make sure you’re giving to the right charity in the right way – provided you do it right. Here are a few ways you can donate risk-free over the holidays.
- Choose a Reputable Charity: If you want to be assured your money is directly and safely going to important work, choose a charity with a good reputation. The American Red Cross and UNICEF are great examples of household names that make it easy for you to securely donate online.
- Do Your Homework: If someone comes to your door, calls your home, or approaches you on the street asking for donations, you don’t necessarily have to turn him or her away. Instead, ask for information on the charity. That way you can go home and do research to make sure it’s a legitimate charity doing work you actually want to to support before you give.
- Check the Webpage: If you are donating online, look for an “s.” URLs that begin with https:// indicate that the website is secure.
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