Be wary of potential Notre Dame fundraising scams

After Monday’s tragic fire at the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, security officials are warning of the potential for fundraising scams.

Events like the Notre Dame fire generate legitimate fundraising attempts, but those interested in helping should be aware of the possibility of fraud.

The Federal Trade Commission offers tips on charitable giving, including:

  • Do some research online, even searching for the name of a charity plus “complaint,” “review,” or “scam.”
  • Be careful how you pay. Don’t give donations in cash, by gift card or by wiring money; instead, use credit card or check. Keep a record of all donations.
  • Keep scammers’ tricks in mind. Don’t let anyone rush you into a donation. Be aware that scammers can spoof caller ID to make phone numbers appear local.

For more tips, visit this FTC page.