Health, environment, arts, anti-poverty, international aid -
there are literally hundreds of thousands of worthwhile causes out there.
And it’s our natural instinct to help out by giving.
But in the slippery world of charity scams, crooks prey on your generosity
and your desire to help, pouncing on what they think is your “weak spot”.
They will ask you to give to non-existent charities, or they will go to great lengths
to imitate legitimate ones. They are especially devious in times of trouble,
asking you to give to the latest earthquake or flood or other disaster,
through charities that seem for real, but aren’t.
Here’s what to watch for: High-pressure phone tactics,
door-to-door canvassers who are pushy, and who can’t prove they’re with a CRA-registered
charity, and unsolicited emails.
Watch out also for call centres who want your personal information –
your address, and most especially your banking information or a credit card number. Don’t
give them anything!! Here’s the bottom line.
Only YOU should be in control of your giving. That means YOU choose who gets your money,
how much, and when. If you have the slightest suspicion, check
the Canada Revenue Agency’s list of REGISTERED Canadian charities…
… and remember that you –that’s right, YOU – have the right to say NO.
A message from the Competition Bureau of Canada… and the Little Black Book of Scams.