How Scammers Hurt Good Causes
By Bob Branco
There are many wonderful organizations around the world that raise money for good causes. Such organizations take the time to make phone calls or write letters to the general public asking for support. These include the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, police associations, fire departments, veterans’ groups, organizations for children, and many others.
While these worthwhile organizations are sincerely asking for our support in order to better our lives, there are scammers who pose as representatives of such groups. While these scammers are trying to make money, they are hurting good organizations who need it more. When I get a phone call from someone who says he’s from one of those reputable organizations, I am compelled to make a decision that I feel very guilty about. When I am asked to donate money, I say no. It’s one thing if I refuse to donate because I can’t afford to, but it’s another thing if I have a problem believing that the representative on the phone is legitimate. I have probably turned down many sincere callers because of all the scams out there, and I’m sure that these organizations are very much aware of this problem. After all, anyone can claim to represent the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, thanking us for our past support and asking us to keep contributing. If we don’t want to contribute because we believe the person is scamming us when she’s not, then the organization suffers.
As a result of society tying our charitable hands because of scammers, I find myself more comfortable helping good causes by joining them and getting involved in their own fundraisers. That way, I know I am safe from scammers.