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Better Business Bureau encourages vetting charities ahead of Giving Tuesday

Posted at 7:17 AM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 10:12:25-05

If you indulged for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, donating to some of your favorite non-profits or organizations on Giving Tuesday might be something you're interested in doing.

The Better Business Bureau says if that's the case, you're going to want to be wary of scammers who want to get their hands on your money. 

They say the best tip they have for those looking to donate on Giving Tuesday is do your research.

"We really want to encourage everyone to do their research before they give. Make sure that the organization your giving to is really using the funding for the work they're promising to do," said Susann Miller with the Better Business Bureau serving Southern Arizona. 

She also recommends not falling into the pressure of donating on the spot especially if it's via phone or from a door-to-door knocker. Miller added donating online should be something one puts time into and carefully vets. 

"What we're finding is scammers are creating false links that look similar and they're even showing https and that padlock which we used to say that's really important, well it's still really important but unfortunately scammers are also creating sites that have that so its giving another layer of legitimacy that actually isn't there," Miller said. 

In Tucson, there are more than 200 organizations and non-profits taking part in Giving Tuesday. You can find a list here

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