Bona fide charitable
organizations have, as their mission, to benefit the public.
Fake charities take
advantage of taxpayers’ good nature in order to steal your money and
potentially, your identity.
Fake charities often
pop up after disasters like the 2015 South Carolina floods.
To avoid being taken
advantage of, donate to recognized charities using check or credit card where
possible. Remember that you don’t need to give out personal information, like
your Social Security number, for the purpose of obtaining a receipt for your
The best documentation
on your end is a canceled check or credit card receipt so donate using those
means on secure sites whenever possible.