DENVER – Scamming victims out of the money in the name of charity appears to be a growing problem.
To address the issue, the Federal Trade Commission will hold its first ever conference on charity fraud Tuesday.
Experts say if you get an email asking for money, you should ask questions.
“Charities you’ve given to before may ask you to give again; that's normal. But if you haven't heard of a charity before and they send you an email, I'd be very careful,” said Art Taylor, president and CEO of Give.org.
If you're thinking about giving, you can check out a charity on the Better Business Bureau's website.
The BBB puts charities through a 20-point checklist.
“There are over 10,000 organizations that we've taken through this process and we can tell you in our reports if they meet 20 rigorous standards,” said Taylor. “We believe this is a great source of info for people being solicited by charities.”
The BBB says if you get a call asking for money, ask the telemarketer how much money is going to the charity.