BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A representative from the Better Business Bureau shares tips on how to protect yourself from being scammed while trying to donate to the war.
“Investigate before you make a donation,” said Carmen Million, President, of Better Business Bureau.
Million is the president of the Better Business Bureau and says Wise Charities Giving Alliance monitors charities nationwide, so families are not financially taken advantage of. Especially during a crisis like Israel’s war with Hamas.
“We validate where the money’s going, how much of the money’s actually going to the cause, and if it is an organization that meets our standards,” said Million.
Million said the best thing to do is refer to legitimate websites like give.org. This website can help you donate without worrying about where your money will end up. She even said to be mindful of organizations that say this.
“A hundred percent of the funds are going to the cause you need to be skeptical. In most cases, some organizations have overhead expenses, no matter who they are. So you need to make sure you understand how much of the money is going to the cause, what the cause is, and how much overhead they have,” said Million.
Million said if you get an email about crowdfunding it’s most likely a red flag. Although some might have good intentions, they may or may not have the resources to get the money where it needs to go.
“They’ll say we are collecting money to go to a particular cause and they’re looking for the crowd to supplement it, but if you don’t know anything about that crowdfunding group and even if you think you know them personally still investigate,” said Million.
Million said Wise Giving Alliance provides 20 charity standards that organizations have met and when they don’t they provide the standards on why certain groups didn’t meet the standards before sending money.
“If you give and the money doesn’t go to the cause then you defeated the purpose of giving,” said Million.