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Also, be wary of charity scams that use a charity name that sounds very similar to a real charity name. For example, “The American Cancer Society” is the name of a legitimate charitable organization, but “The National Cancer Society” is a scam. Also, unless you previously donated to the organization, be wary of charities that solicit your donation via email, and don’t click on any links redirecting you to their website.
The IRS keeps a list of all organizations registered as charities; as such, to research the legitimacy of a charity, search for it on the IRS website here. You can also check with a state’s Attorney General or Charities Bureau to find out about a charity that claims to be registered in a specific state. For more information about how to give wisely and evaluate a charity, check out this KCL article.