Charity Scams

Charity scams involve scammers collecting money by pretending to be a real charity. The scammers can approach you in many different ways - at your home, on the street, over the phone or on the Internet.

Often, the scammers will use a recent natural disaster, famine or tragedy as the basis of their scam. Other scammers will play on peoples emotions by pretending to raise funds for people who are ill.

The scammer will try to pressure you to give a donation. Generally, they will refuse to provide details about the charity they are trying to raise funds for. In other cases they will provide you with false information.

All registered charities in Canada are overseen by the Canada Revenue Agency and listed in the CRA database. The Better Business Bureau is another organization that you can try and find information about a charity you may be interested in donating to.

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