Included on IRS’ famous annual “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list for 2015 is a warning about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors.
IRS goes on to advise potential charitable donors to:
~Be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. Check the IRS list (www.irs.gov) for inclusion in the listing of legitimate charities.
~Not reveal personal financial information, such as your Social Security number to a charitable solicitor.
~Not to give or send cash. For security and tax record-keeping purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the gift.