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April 7, 2022

Beware of Donations to Fake Charities

Many people have shown kindness and generosity since the war between Russia and Ukraine began. Unfortunately, scammers are using the war as just another opportunity to pad their pockets.

Criminals are trying to use your goodwill against you by setting up fake charities or sending phony emails asking for donations.

False emails and websites request vague forms of “aid,” want cryptocurrency payments and proudly show the Ukrainian flag. Scammers also pose as Ukrainian businessmen seeking money from partners to help them escape. Don’t fall for these traps.

To avoid donating to a fake charity:

  • Watch out for people, emails or websites asking for cryptocurrency payments. Legitimate charities will let you do credit card donations instead.
  • Go directly to a well-known charity’s website to donate. Email links are one way scammers pose as real charities to steal your information.
  • Do a Google search for the charity’s name and “fake” or “scam.” Online reviews can give you an idea about the charity’s true intentions.
  • Double-check if a charity is real through Charity Navigator or the IRS.

You should also be wary of pleas for money from strangers claiming to be Ukrainian refugees. Organizations like the Federal Trade Commission are expecting an uptick in romance-themed scams, as well.

We know our members are generous and cheerful givers. We want you to be informed givers, as well.

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