Quantcast

Beware of Fake Charity Scams Relating to Hurricane Harvey - KOAM TV 7

Beware of Fake Charity Scams Relating to Hurricane Harvey

Updated:
WASHINGTON -

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning about possible fake charity scams emerging due to Hurricane Harvey and encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their donations.

While there has been an enormous wave of support across the country for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, people should be aware of criminals who look to take advantage of this generosity by impersonating charities to get money or private information from well-meaning taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, e-mail or in-person solicitations.

Criminals often send emails that steer recipients to bogus websites that appear to be affiliated with legitimate charitable causes. These sites frequently mimic the sites of, or use names similar to, legitimate charities, or claim to be affiliated with legitimate charities in order to persuade people to send money or provide personal financial information that can be used to steal identities or financial resources.

IRS.gov has the tools people need to quickly and easily check the status of charitable organizations.

The IRS cautions people wishing to make disaster-related charitable donations to avoid scam artists by following these tips:

  • Be sure to donate to recognized charities.
  • Be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. Some phony charities use names or websites that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations. The IRS website at IRS.gov has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, through which people may find qualified charities; donations to these charities may be tax-deductible.
  • Don’t give out personal financial information — such as Social Security numbers or credit card and bank account numbers and passwords — to anyone who solicits a contribution. Scam artists may use this information to steal a donor’s identity and money.
  • Never give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card or another way that provides documentation of the donation.
  • Consult IRS Publication 526, Charitable Contributions, available on IRS.gov. This free booklet describes the tax rules that apply to making legitimate tax-deductible donations. Among other things, it also provides complete details on what records to keep.

Taxpayers suspecting fraud by email should visit IRS.gov and search for the keywords “Report Phishing.”

More information about tax scams and schemes may be found at IRS.gov using the keywords “scams and schemes.” Details on available relief can be found on the disaster relief page on IRS.gov.

(Press Release via IRS)

  • NewsMore>>

  • Proposed Age Change For Long Haul Truckers

    Proposed Age Change For Long Haul Truckers

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 8:59 PM EDT2018-09-19 00:59:50 GMT

    The Crowder College Transport Training program is where students both young and old, come to learn how to make a living driving big rigs. 

    More >>

    The Crowder College Transport Training program is where students both young and old, come to learn how to make a living driving big rigs. 

    More >>
  • Lafayette House Officials Disagree with Auditor Citing Red Tape Tapping Local Fees

    Lafayette House Officials Disagree with Auditor Citing Red Tape Tapping Local Fees

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 7:06 PM EDT2018-09-18 23:06:43 GMT

      A local domestic violence shelter director says a state auditor's report isn't the reality in Southwest Missouri.         

    More >>

      A local domestic violence shelter director says a state auditor's report isn't the reality in Southwest Missouri.         

    More >>
  • Superintendent of Catholic Schools retires, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

    Superintendent of Catholic Schools retires, Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 5:27 PM EDT2018-09-18 21:27:06 GMT
    Leon WittLeon Witt

    On Sept. 13, 2018, Leon Witt, Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, submitted to the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau his intention to retire. Bishop Edward M. Rice accepted Witt's request effective immediately. This summer, the Diocese received two different reports from former students concerning the conduct of and comments made by Witt when he was a teacher and principal at the former St. Joseph Catholic School in Springfield, now St. Joseph Catholic Academy. These inci...

    More >>

    On Sept. 13, 2018, Leon Witt, Diocesan Superintendent of Catholic Schools, submitted to the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau his intention to retire. Bishop Edward M. Rice accepted Witt's request effective immediately. This summer, the Diocese received two different reports from former students concerning the conduct of and comments made by Witt when he was a teacher and principal at the former St. Joseph Catholic School in Springfield, now St. Joseph Catholic Academy. These inci...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.