Research the charity. Is it a real group? Search online to learn more about its reputation. If you’re getting requests by phone, tell callers to send you information by mail. A legitimate charity will send you information in writing.
Know where your money is going. Find out what percentage of your donation goes to the charity, and whether your donation is tax-deductible.
Pay it safe. How does the charity want you to pay? Rule out anyone who asks you to send cash, wire money, or get a prepaid debit card. Chances are, that’s a scam.
If an organization doesn’t seem legit, or raises more questions than you’re comfortable with, just walk away or hang up the phone. There are plenty of legitimate charities that can make use of a donation, if you’re in a giving mood.
Police Charities: The Hackettstown-Mansfield PBA Local 369 is part of the NJ State PBA and does not solicit by phone. They are the only organization that represents the members of the Hackettstown and Mansfield Police Departments. If you receive a request to donate to an organization that claims to represent the local police, please contact PBA Local 369 directly by email email@example.com or stop in to police headquarters for more information.