People Should Donate Carefully After a Disaster to Avoid Scams
IRS Tax Tip 2022-119, August 4, 2022
After an emergency or disaster, people rally to help victims by donating money. Unfortunately, this can give criminals an opportunity to prey on them by soliciting donations for fake charities. Scammers may also pose as federal agencies to dupe disaster victims trying to get disaster relief.
People should always be suspicious of unsolicited contact. Scammers often contact their possible victim by telephone, social media, email or in person.
People donating to charity should make sure their money is going to a reputable organization.
Thieves may pose as a representative of a charity to ask for money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers.
Scammers may set up bogus websites using names that sound like real charities. When a taxpayer searches for a charity online, they find the fake website or social media page, instead.