Over the years I have warned you numerous times about various phony charity scams. Now the U.S. Postal Service and AARP have jointed together to issue a warning to veterans about their being targeted by scammers posing as legitimate charities purporting to provide help to veterans. These scammers take advantage of the patriotism and thoughtfulness of older veterans to not only steal money from them under the guise of a charitable donation, but in one recent case, a scammer posing as representing a charity, took the personal information from the checks used to make the charitable contributions and used that information for purposes of identity theft.
Phony charities often have names that sound legitimate and it is difficult to know merely from a solicitation whether or not the charity is a fake.  Prior to giving to any charity, I suggest you first look into whether indeed the charity is legitimate or not and the best way I know to do that is to go to http://www.charitynavigator.org where not only can you find out whether the charity is a scam, but also whether or not your donation will be tax deductible,  how much of your donation goes toward the charitable purposes of a legitimate charity and how much goes toward salaries, administrative costs and fund raising.
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