Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 22, 2012 @ 6:41PM
Created on November 22, 2012 @ 4:52PM
Many people get into the holiday spirit by giving to others, but there are some things to keep in mind before you donate anything to charities.
That's because every year, there's cases of charity fraud.
The good news is, there's some things you can do to avoid that.
If you're ever in doubt, contact the charity directly.
Most of the time, people claim they're from that organization, but actually aren't.
After Hurricane Sandy hit a lot of the East Coast, officials are predicting more charity fraud than normal.
That's because many people want to help out, and scammers are aware of that. They'll target people that want to help those hit by the hurricane.
Another tip to remeber is to never give information over the phone.
Charities shouldn't ask for that when they call.
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