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Police: Beware of Charity Scams

Authorities offer tips on how to ensure your donations are going to the right cause.

By Newark Police

The Newark Police Department encourages residents to be aware of possible scams when donating to relief efforts for Superstorm Sandy.

To ensure donations are going to a reputable charity and that the funds are being used for the intended purposes, follow these tips to avoid a scam. 

  1. Make donations to established organizations with a strong track record of organizing and providing disaster relief. 
  2. Initiate the donation yourself, rather than responding to online or phone solicitations. 
  3. Avoid door-to-door solicitors or offers from charities to stop by a consumer’s home to pick up a check. These too could be fraudulent. 
  4. Do not be pressured by pitches from solicitors. Legitimate charities will not push you to donate immediately. 
  5. Be wary of charities that ask for alternate forms of payment. Legitimate charities allow you to donate when and how much you want.

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Mona Taplin November 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Ecellent advice. In addition, be very, very careful about what you write on social sites like facebook. It's surprising how it can come back to haunt you. Also delete all messages from your email, and for those who can do it, also permanently delete. Again, a hacker can find lot's of personal information that can hurt you as well as your friends and relatives. Be careful!
Var November 13, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Thanks for the advice. I hope the ladies outside Marina Grocery on Decoto Rd. with the donation box for Victims in of Hurricane Sandy were legit.
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