We know far too well: wherever the headlines are - scammers will strike.
- Donate to charities you know and trust. Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight. You can verify the a charity is registered to do business in Washington by checking with the Secretary of State website at www.sos.wa.gov/charities/search.aspx
- Ask if the caller is a paid fundraiser, who they work for, and what percentage of your donation goes to the charity and to the fundraiser. If you don’t get a clear answer — or if you don’t like the answer you get — consider donating to a different organization.
- Do not give out personal or financial information. Do not give out your personal information such as your credit card or bank account number – unless you know the charity is reputable.
- Check out a charity before you donate. Contact the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance at www.give.org.