Better Business Bureau warns of holiday scammers
COLUMBUS, Ohio —
The holidays may be colorful, bright and festive, but at this time of year, charity scammers only have green on their minds.
The green in your wallet.
"The ones that are not legitimate know that this is a time where people do a lot of giving," said Kip Morse, President of the Central Ohio Better Business Bureau.
Morse said that's why it's so important to do your homework before you donate your hard earned money.
He said research the group thoroughly to make sure you know who you're giving your money to, and what they’re going to do with it.
He said don’t be afraid to ask questions.
"How much goes to the cause?" said Morse. "What's their governance structure? How do they do their fundraising? You might even find that's not even a fundraiser for that charity."
He said with many charities, once you make a donation, you're on a list.
"If that list gets sold," said Morse, "you're going to get stacks and stacks of mail."
Finally, Morse said never, ever share personal information with someone who reached out to you out of the blue.
He said this includes sharing bank and credit card information, your birth date and social security number.