Fake charities step up their activity around disasters
Impersonation of charitable organizations is among the list of the top twelve tax scams for 2014.
Here’s a bit of what the IRS had to say,
“Another long-standing type of abuse or fraud is scams that occur in the wake of significant natural disasters.
Following major disasters, it’s common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Scam artists can use a variety of tactics. Some scammers operating bogus charities may contact people by telephone or email to solicit money or financial information. They may even directly contact disaster victims and claim to be working for or on behalf of the IRS to help the victims file casualty loss claims and get tax refunds.”
From a donation point of view, fake charities do double damage. They steal from the donor, and they take money from the people the donor was trying to help.
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