Greensboro, NC -- We hear about money grabbing schemes all the time and an email that came in the other day piqued our interest!
A woman in Greensboro said she took a call from someone she said claimed to be with the 'Kidney Association.' They didn't want her to donate money, but household items. They asked her to leave them outside and they'd pick them up! She worried it was a rip off, and called WFMY News 2.
We checked. And there is no such thing as the 'Kidney Association'. But we did some digging and the National Kidney Services do exist. They do ask for donations benefitting the National Kidney Foundation, and they will come to your home -- so that call was legitimate.
To empower you to figure these situations out for yourself, News 2's Liz Crawford checked with the Better Business Bureau to come up with the three questions you need to ask, any time you take what could be considered a suspicious call from someone claiming to be with a charity.
NUMBER ONE: WHO'S CALLING?
Listen carefully. Don't be fooled by names that seem impressive or resemble another organization.
NUMBER TWO: IS THIS DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Legitimate charitable organizations should be tax exempt under section 501-c-three of the i-r-s... And can give your their id number in the call.
NUMBER THREE: CAN I CALL YOU BACK?
In most cases, with a legit call, calling back should not be a problem. Use that time to do your own research and verify the information you recieved. Find out if they have a real mailing address, not a P.O. Box, or if there's a person you can talk to that can verify the call you recieved.
For more tips on how to avoid some of the most popular schemes, click here.
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