Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Verify Phone Numbers of Civic Groups

Charity is a good thing. It helps us remember that it is our privilege to help others. It can give us the opportunity to be a good Samaritan to many people. Who does not want this kind of opportunity? I believe anyone would rather help than to ask for charity so when one gets a chance for it, it is seldom that one declines.

Before giving out to any charity, it is alright to think twice, not because you do not want to help but because you just want to make sure that you are giving to the right people and organization. There is nothing wrong with that especially today that bad people shamelessly use charitable acts as a means of fooling people of their money. It is but good sense to make sure first before doling out that charity.

If you get calls asking for charities from people who are claiming they represent a civic organization, better verify the number and the organization. Never pay or donate anything to the person calling you. Tell the caller you will just send out your donation to their office. If the caller is a spammer, you will know how he might sound desperate to convince you to give your donations right away or to get your personal numbers. Do not give out anything.

The same is true to any other calls asking you to donate money. This happens a lot also during times of calamities in your area. Keep your self guarded by being informed and having presence of mind whenever you get any unsolicited call. Do not entertain the call. If you answered already, be aware of what is going on in the conversation. Never let your guards down. Immediately reverse lookup the phone number to protect yourself and possible future victims.

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