Officials warn of scammers looking to take advantage of generosity on Giving Tuesday

Officials from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection are warning people to look out for scammers on Giving Tuesday.

DATCP representative Michelle Reinen says while nonprofits in the area are looking to accept donations, criminals are working to take money themselves.

“Because scam artists know about Giving Tuesday, they use this opportunity to try and entice consumers to give to their charity,” she said.

Reinen says to avoid scammers, it’s best to give directly to organizations through an official website or phone number, rather than through an email or third-party site.

“Red flags consumers should look our for are grammatical issues, typos, and unprofessional websites,” Reinen said. “Those would likely all be fake.”

Reinen says one indicator a website is legit is by looking for a green padlock icon next to a web address bar. She says it’s also important to give to established charities that you trust.

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