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How to spot and prevent crowdfunding scams

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – - Crowdfunding sites are often popular after disasters or a crisis.

     Unfortunately, scammers often take advantage of these moments of vulnerability to deceive donors.

     More recently, we've seen people giving to organizations raising funds for immigration issues.

     The Better Business Bureau has received multiple complaints on scams.

     The first step is to check your bank account.

     Make sure you're checking out the charity you're giving to and always research the cause before donating your money.

     Always look for an ‘HTTPS’ secure connection on the website.

     Use bigger crowd-funding names likes GoFundMe as many other sites don't have a strong verifying process.

     When you do donate, make sure you use a credit card.

     This is easier for your credit card company to detect fraudulent purchases.

     Remember, not all donations are tax deductible, only organizations with a 501(c)(3) are.

     Lastly, always make sure you look at where the money will be going.

     This can also help spot phony website from the real ones.

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