The key to avoiding fake charities is to research the non-profit status of the organization you're thinking of making a donation to.

Scammers love this time of the year simply because they can smell the sense of urgency for those of you looking for the tax deduction.

Fake charities are a problem this time of year so beware of them.

Any non-profit organization that is legitimate is scurrying to meet their fundraising goals and that's where you come in to get in on that tax deduction before the end of the year.

Again, scammers love this sense of urgency. Make sure you're donating to legitimate causes, and as a side note, if you're seeking the tax deductions.

Just a heads up!

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