They set up websites. They stand in front of supermarkets. They send you mail or come to your door.
With so many causes to choose from, it’s no wonder unscrupulous individuals are able to scam people for thousands – sometimes millions – of dollars with fake charities.
Unfortunately, this is not a problem in just one country. Recent news stories out of Pakistan, the United States and Australia all warn people to beware fake charities. Master Healer Pankaj Naram is concerned about the increase in the number of these scams as it makes people leery of donating to legitimate causes, such as the Pankaj Naram Seva Foundation.
This has inspired Master Healer Pankaj Naram to publish this list of tips to help people avoid being scammed by these fictitious charities.
- Do some research. Don’t just break out the checkbook. Instead, visit sites like www.charitywatch.org/charities to see if the charity in question is legitimate. Charity Watch also rates charities so you can give smarter. And also follow the charity, become involved in seeing what is happening, and how you can best help. Sometimes the best thing you can give is your time and talents.
- Be wary. If you haven’t donated to a certain charity before and given them your contact information, then there is no reason they should be able to contact you directly.
- Double check the Web address. Scammers will often have site names that are just a letter or two off from a legitimate site’s URL. Most non-profit organization websites end in .org, not .com or .net.
Master Healer Pankaj Naram says that his master taught him that with all of the concerns on this planet you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. Ultimately your impulse to give and contribute to charities is good. Just to watch for any sites that may be a scam or a fake charity – so that you can really be making a difference on this planet in the way that you hope to.