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IRS Warns Over Fake Charities

by Glen Shapiro,, New York

08 February 2017

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has warned taxpayers about groups masquerading as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors in the 2017 filing season.

"Fake charities set up by scam artists to steal your money or personal information are a recurring problem," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. "Taxpayers should take the time to research organizations before giving their hard-earned money."

The IRS added that taxpayers should be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. The IRS website has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, which allows people to find legitimate, qualified charities to which donations may be tax-deductible. Legitimate charities will provide their Employer Identification Numbers, if requested.

In addition, taxpayers should not give out personal financial information, such as Social Security numbers or passwords, and should be cautious when disclosing credit card numbers to anyone who solicits a contribution. Scam artists may use this information to steal identities and money from victims.

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