CPM WILL NEVER CALL AND ASK FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR ACCOUNT LOGIN INFORMATION. DO NOT GIVE OUT ONLINE BANKING OR PERSONAL INFORMATION.
Giving to Help in Ukraine!
Get your money where you mean it to go
As ever, when scammers spot a crisis in the world, they are there to take advantage. It’s true after natural disasters, when scammers set up fake charities that look and sound like real ones to try to get your money. And it’s true now that millions of people want to support the Ukrainian people. If you’re one of them, take a moment to make sure your generosity really benefits the people and groups you intend.
Here are some places to start.
- Check out the organization.
Search online for the name of the group, plus words like “review,” “scam,” or “complaint” and see if others have had good or bad experiences with the charity.
- Slow down.
You don’t have to give immediately. Research first to make sure your donation goes where you want it go.
- Find out how your money will be spent.
Ask how much of your donation will go to the program? If someone calls, they should be able to answer this critical question.
- Know who’s asking.
Don’t assume a donation request is legitimate even if it is posted or shared on social media. Research the charity first.
- Look at fees and timing.
This is especially true if you are donating through social media. Make sure you know where your donation goes, check if there are fees, and how quickly your money gets to them. If you do not get answers quickly, consider donating in other ways.
Your generosity can make a difference — especially if you take a few minutes to make sure your donation goes where you mean it to. Learn more at ftc.gov/charity.
Original article from: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2022/03/giving-help-ukraine-get-your-money-where-you-mean-it-go March 3, 2022 by Jennifer Leach, Associate Director, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC