When disaster strikes, individuals, organization and Governments are often generous in the way they give charity. Since a large number of people can not go to the site of these disadvantages, they offer financial assistance through all sort of governmental and non-governmental agencies, both at the local and international level.
AScammer poses as a charitable organization soliciting contributions to help the victims of a natural disaster, sectarian violence, regional conflict, or epidemic. The earth quake in Haiti, Afghanistan wars, Hurricane Katrina and tsunami were popular targets of scammers perpetrating charity scams. Other classic charities scams include; raising money for cancer, AIDS or Ebola virus research, children's orphanages.
Scammers claim that they work for local or international non-governmental organizations. The scammer requests for pledges, often linking to online news articles to strengthen their story of a funds drive. The victims of these scams are charitable people who believe they are helping a worthy cause and expect nothing in return.The con artist ensures that he / she strikes the cord of sympathy in you and you might not be able to resist them.
These scams often land in your e-mail box in the wake of a major natural disaster. Cons have being lending in on charity scams because they are not detectable and the scammers can use the same story over and over again during the period of the natural disaster.
Here it is important that we make effort to differentiate between the real and fake charity organization. Below are some tips that will come in handy when next you intend to make pledges.
1. Ensure that the charitable organization where you wish to donate is really exist and is duly registered. This can be achieved by verifying the location of the organization, their land phones and checking out if they are registered with the charity commission.
2. Be cautious when you receive an unsolicited e-mail message from a charitable organization asking for money.
3. Avoid opening any attachments to e-mail solicitations because they may be infected with computer viruses or other malware.
4. Avoid clicking links in e-mails you are unsure about. Because they may take you to sites designed to steal your identity or money.
5. If you receive an e-mail request from a charity you'd like to support, make sure the request is legitimate. Instead of clicking the link message, typically type the charity's Web address into your browser's address bar and check how to donate.
6. Give to a charity already established at the disaster site
Give directly to organizations with an infrastructure, staff, and direct connection to people of the disaster area. Established organizations use mainstream media channels to alert you of their need for donations. You can be assured that your donation will directly assist the lives of people by giving to a local organization since the pledges will not be redistributed across an international fund.
7. Never be pressured into donating funds for charity. Do not give into pressure or hard sell tactics and if the charity representative pressures you to give money immediately or as soon as possible, get even more suspicious.
8. Technological solution
Enhance your systems defense against phishing scams. This can be achieved by using technologies that improve your online safety. Using firewall, antivirus, and anti spyware software.s.ensure that you download and install all updates for your software. Usages of spam filters can help in long way in preventing these spam messages.
Tomorrowmore, it is important that you do not just donate, but it is your duty to ensure that the funds you give gets to those it is meant for, no matter how small the debts might be.