Paranormal Scammers Beware !!!
The unified efforts of the state and federal task force is already up and working on bringing to end, those that have taken upon themselves to deceive the citizens of charity donations.
It should also be expressed that this working task force has secured state backing in growing numbers. Currently 22 states span from Pennsylvania to Texas and from California to New York. This fraud crime task force is a unilateral effort and is gaining momentum while following the trails of those that have been exposed on local levels, to those that have been appointed by the concerned State Departments…
Americans contributed more than $410 billion to charity in 2019, according to the Giving USA Foundation’s annual report on U.S. philanthropy. That generosity supports many amazing organizations that put those billions to work for health care, education, environmental protection, the arts and numerous other causes, such as programs like Wounded Warriors and various other cancer societies. Unfortunately, it also opens a door for scammers, who capitalize on donors’ goodwill to line their pockets.
We write about this stuff all the time. It is what the Herald does.
Many such frauds involve faux fundraising for veterans and disaster relief; scammers know how readily we open our hearts and wallets to those who served and those rebuilding their lives after hurricanes, earthquakes or wildfires. But charity scams come in all shapes and sizes, from grifts on social media and crowdfunding sites to massive national cons, like the network of bogus cancer charities the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said cheated donors in every state out of $187 million before it was busted in 2015.
Then there are Paranormal frauds, you know the ones who say they are collecting for the said charity, but instead collect the dough. Hard earned working families money to fleece there own said pockets. We have seen many frauds over the years and will continue to see them as the times change, so do the frauds and types of schemes.
Some operate fully outside the law; others are in fact registered nonprofits, but devote little of the money they raise to the programs they promote, while others claim to give all proceeds to said charity, but instead donate little to none as being compared to what they actually rake in profits.
They all make promises.
Promises that 100 percent of a donation goes to whomever the charity claims to help. All charities have fundraising and administrative costs. This we know, but when someone states proceeds go to said charity, they better had.
For the record there are some other investigatory places to go, if you think you have stumbled on a probable charity fraud.
https://www.charitynavigator.org/ charity navigator
https://www.charitywatch.org/home Charity watchdogs.