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Consumer Alert: Giving Tuesday presents opportunity for scammers to pose as nonprofits – Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii 2021-11-30 01:10:35 –

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Honolulu (KHON2) —According to the Better Business Bureau, the GivingTuesday movement has raised over $ 1 billion for charities since its inception in 2012. There are many reputable organizations, but scammers are known to take this opportunity to pretend to be nonprofits.

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Roseann Freitas, Marketplace Manager at BBB Hawaii, said: “You can add numbers or change one letter to make it a little different.”

Consumers are encouraged to dig into how donations are used once they find a charity they like.

“Yes [the charity] Websites should show what their mission is, how they do it, and in many cases they will share their finances with consumers.

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All Hawaiian charities must be registered with the Attorney General of the State.People can check through a specific organization Hawaii charity Website. Keep in mind that tax credits are not available unless you are a 501c3 organization.

“Not all nonprofits are charities … You can donate to a nonprofit, but you are not eligible for tax deductions unless you are a 501c3 charity.”

Roseann Freitas, BBB Hawaii Marketplace Manager

Other tips for giving Tuesday include not committing to an on-the-spot decision. Reputable charities welcome gifts at any time, not just on GivingTuesday.Check the name of the charity above 20 BBB Criteria for Charitable Accountability Make sure they meet your expectations. If you don’t know your organization’s 501c3 status, IRS Tax Exemption Organization Search tool.

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