(WPRI) - Even though end-of-year finances are usually tight, it is a prime season for charitable donations. In response, there is also an increase in the amount of scammers on the market.
With new ways to contact consumers seemingly increasing everyday, scammers are taking advantage.
One popular tactic to solicit "donations" is through text message. However, the same rules apply as if it were an email; A link that looks suspicious on your inbox should still be suspicious on your phone.
Before making a donation, research the charity or non-profit. Be weary about groups that seek you out, as most phishing scams make first contact. If you are hesitant, visit websites and call organizations directly.
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