Charity Mail Fraud

The U.S. Postal Service cautions:

  • “Most mail solicitations for charitable contributions are legitimate appeals for a good cause.  Some are phony.  Charity fraud does a lot of harm.  The swindler takes advantage of people’s good will and takes their cash—money meant for people in need.
  • “Give to charities you know.  Check out the ones you have never heard of, or whose names are similar to well-known charities.  
  • Be suspicious of charities that accept only cash.
  • Always make out your check or money order to the organization to which you want to donate money, not to an individual.”                    
Preventing Mail Fraud, U.S. Postal Service