Blog


← Back to BLOG

29
Oct
2018
Security Tip – Charity Scams

Security Tip – Charity Scams

Not all “charities” are the real deal. Unfortunately, scammers steal large amounts of money from generous donors over and over again. This type of scam affected many individuals after the hurricane Katrina disaster when people across the globe rushed to donate in support of relief efforts. When these devasting events happen, scammers will claim domain names that will be used to capture a donor’s attention online. Domains containing words like Katrina, Haiti, earthquake, charity, and relief are purchased to make seemingly legitimate websites for people to donate their money.

How the scam works

You may receive a solicitation from a charity that claims to be collecting donations to help a cause. It could be a postcard in the mail, an email message, a social media post, or even a person going door-to-door. Increasingly, scammers are creating fake social media accounts, and even going so far as impersonate victims of a tragedy or their family members to ask for direct support.

How do you know if the money you are donating will go directly to a legitimate relief fund? 

Reputable charity foundations such as the Red Cross will allow a donor to specify directly where their money will be spent to help contribute to a specific cause. The red Cross uses an international response fund system, which allows a donor to communicate exactly where they want their money to go. By visiting redcross.org, a donor can select “donate” followed by “donate online” to make an online contribution. Following these steps, a donor can decide on a specific amount they would like to contribute and what fund they would like their donation to assist. In addition, a donor can make a one-time contribution or can sign-up to contribute monthly.

-Stick to charities that you know and trust to make sure your contributions are going to real charities and not scammers pockets.

-Always feel free contact charity agencies and ask them questions about how they will use your money to help their cause. A trustworthy agency will provide you with plenty of information regarding their attempts to aid a specific cause and won’t eagerly persuade you to donate more money.

To report a scam, contact the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org/scamtracker.

Testimonials

  • I highly recommend navitend for their professionalism, integrity, down-to-earth advice and thoughtful recommendations. Every solution that they offer is unique and the most appropriate to their customers' needs.

    Paula Muller
  • "navitend has been a great IT partner for our company.  Their helpdesk response time is the best I have experienced in my 30 year career.  navitend has helped me to have great IT services without the need to have a full time, in house, technician at significant savings to our company."

    Bob Bradley, President, Bradley Graphics
  • "We've dedicated our lives to growing our retail and ecommerce business and it's a relief to have found a company like navitend who treats our business likes it's their own. navitend's personal approach to project management and problem solving are top-notch."

    Stamatis, Co-owner Twisted Lily, Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary
  • "I am writing this to tell you how pleased the Township of Andover is with the services provided by navitend. It has been a wonderful working relationship, I am so impressed and they come with my most highest recommendation."

    Jayme Alfano / Andover Township
  • "I appreciate that they didn’t just build the application. They made it better by bringing ideas to the table that not only made for a better user experience, but also kept the development costs down."

    Andy Lynch / North Star Marketing
  • Having had IT support in the past that left a lot to be desired, working with Navitend is a refreshing change! They are always responsive, knowledgeable, and courteous no matter whether the problem is huge or even user error. I am so grateful my organization changed to navitend!!

    United Way
  • It works!!  You rock!!!!!!!!!!

    Robert Vogel, C12 Group San Antonio
  • "Thanks so much again for taking care of everything in such an expedient manner. It's a pleasure to work with navitend and its staff as always!"

    Lawrence Wolfin / Textol Systems, Inc.
  • “Navitend’s expertise helped our firm over the past year to effectively elevate our I.T. game, powering our website into a highly interactive tool. Well done to Frank and his team!”  

    Chuck Steege, CFP®, CEP, President, SFG Wealth Planning Services, Inc.
  • "I look forward to working with you again in the future. Once again, thanks to your organization for your prompt response."

    Luke Wolters / Luke Wolters Tax Consultants
  • "You guys are OUTSTANDING! Thanks for all you’ve done to make this transition seamless."

    John Bryant, CEO, Christ's Home
  • "Our company is more efficient and has grown as a result of navitend’s work. navitend helped us get to the next level."

    Greg Niccolai / Madison Insurance
  • Do you need IT help? Are you tired of being frustrated by technology issues? Would you like to go to work everyday and know that all those headaches are being taken care of? Then look no further, navitend is your answer.

    Kathy Molyneaux - Friends Life Care Partners
  • I am truly impressed by the focus the team places on the requests from our company. They listen, and no matter who I get on the phone, I get the answer that I am looking for. I can tell that they keep excellent notes, and it is because of this level of detail that engineers/technical support staff are always up to date on knowledge of our systems. They are patient, professional, and incredibly nice as individuals. They have provided assistance even on days when they were out of the office. With every request, they have made sure that they review the details with us to ensure that the information/questions were captured accurately. Truly an excellent team!!

    Josefina and Christian Abboud
  • "Thanks so much!  You are a class act!  
    You and your team have really done an excellent job on this!"

    Steve Van Ooteghem, The C12 Group in Houston, Texas