Better Business Bureau tips to give wisely during holiday season

“Every year, generous Washingtonians open their hearts and wallets,” said Tyler Andrew, CEO of BBB serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. “And sadly we see too many cases of donors being scammed in the process.”

The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance urges consumers to take action before donating.

  • Don’t be pressured. Take time when making a donation and avoid on-the-spot decisions. Reputable organizations will welcome a gift at any time.
  • Know the charity. Locate charities that meet specific needs and research how donations will be used. Visit bbb.org/charity before cutting a check or donating an item.
  • Watch for impostors. Beware of fly-by-night operations with names that are similar to legitimate charities.
  • Donate directly. When in doubt, check it out. Confirm the legitimacy of charities by contacting them directly, and avoid clicking on email links or giving in to phone solicitors.
  • Secure identities. Never share banking or credit card information with unknown or unexpected solicitors.

Search for local BBB Accredited Charities and Seal Holders athttp://go.bbb.org/akorww-charitydirectory. Additionally, the Mobile Giving Foundationgives cell phone users safe opportunities to find trustworthy charities where they can make contributions via text message.

BBB congratulates charities, families, businesses, students and community centers around the world for their generosity during #GivingTuesday. For more holiday tips and information on how to give safely, visit BBB Scam Stopper and give.org.