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A Comprehensive List of 35 Fake Charities

Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity analyzer, has just released a list of 35 fake charities. None of these charities are registered as 501(c)(3)s, making their public donation solicitations illegal. Unfortunately, this also means that any donations made to these charities are not tax deductible. In most cases, once the donation has been made, there is no chance of getting it back. Take a look at the list below and make sure to share it on social media to protect other donators from being scammed.

  1. Boobies Rock!
  2. Care Package Campaign
  3. Community College Consortium on Autism and Intellectual Disabilities
  4. Delaware Firefighters Foundation
  5. Disabled Veterans of America
  6. Employ Young Adults
  7. Flintwater.com
  8. FM World Charities
  9. Fresh Start Opportunities
  10. The Herron Foundation
  11. I Care Foundation
  12. Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic
  13. Long Island Responds
  14. Matthew M. Brennan Foundation
  15. National Foundation of America
  16. New Hampshire Wildlife Parks & Wildlife Rescue
  17. New Jersey Youth Club
  18. One Child Saved
  19. One Church! One Can! One Night!
  20. One Door for Education, Inc.
  21. Paralyzed American Veterans
  22. RRR Service Dogs
  23. Safety Publications
  24. Say No 2 Cancer
  25. The Se7ven Group
  26. Southeast K9 Search and Rescue
  27. Spotlight on Heroes
  28. Tackle Hatred Now
  29. Tixr4kids.com
  30. United Soldiers Outreach LLC
  31. United States Disabled Veterans
  32. United States Handicapped-Disadvantaged
  33. Veterans Helping Nevada Veterans
  34. Winged Warriors
  35. Winning Ways

To avoid being scammed, Charity Navigator always advises donators to request the organization’s Employee Identification Number (EIN). An EIN can be used to verify whether the organization is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. However, take note that even official 501(c)(3) status offers no guarantee that the organization is legitimate. Further research is needed to fully evaluate whether a charity is worth donating to. One key thing to look for is tax information. Genuine organizations will openly provide this information, as well as a complete breakdown of how donations are spent. For more information on how to protect against charity fraud, click here.

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Charity Fraudster Adam Shryock Faces Extended Sentence

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Adam Shryock’s fake charity tricked thousands of people across the country into thinking they were donating vital funds to breast cancer-related charities. IMG: via Shutterstock

The founder of a fake charity fundraiser Boobies Rock! is now serving six more months in jail. Adam Shryock was taken to jail after the Denver judge found overwhelming evidence that he had violated his 2013 order. Back in 2013, it was discovered that Shryock’s fake charity misled thousands of people across the country by making them believe that they were donating vital funds to breast cancer-related charities.

“Adam Shryock is now a repeat charity-fraud offender, which is why it is fitting that he received the maximum penalty for thumbing his nose at the court and continuing to commit charitable fraud,” Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said, of the most recent allegations against him. “Mr. Shryock victimized both the young women who believed they were raising money for charity and the charities themselves by using their names without permission.”

The first time around Shryock was ordered to stop his practices in 2013 after the Attorney General’s office had filed a lawsuit against him alleging he was committing charitable fraud. That order was now violated twice and then on Wednesday there was enough evidence to show that Shryock was the driving force behind a fundraising event that took place in fall of 2014.

In July 2013 a temporary restraining order against Shryock, Boobies Rock!  Inc., The Se7ven Group, and Say No 2 Cancer for deceiving consumers into thinking they were donating money to charity. In the latest claim, Shryock claimed to only be the wholesaler and consultant to the woman running the tour, but the judge found he was heavily involved in the tour’s day-to-day operations.

It’s deeply upsetting and almost unbelievable that a person could commit fraud for their own benefit in the name of charity. Remember to always take the extra steps of doing thorough research on any organization, or person claiming to collect for the organization before donating so that your money is finding it’s way into the right pockets.

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Phony Charities

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How many times have you gotten that annoying email from a “Nigerian Prince” who just has to give you millions of dollars?  If you just send him your bank account and social security number and some DNA from your first born child, the deal will be sealed.

Unfortunately, scams are everywhere.  As much as we would like to think that people are all good, honest citizens, there are plenty who will not hesitate to fool you.  In the process, they will try to take your money and even your identity.

So, how do you spot a phony charity?  There are several things to look for.  Be wary of giving out any personal information over the phone.  It’s easy for someone to call you up and impersonate a legitimate organization.  How do you know if they’re really from the Red Cross if they are on the phone?

Second, ask for credentials.  Ask for a number you can call to verify their legitimacy.  Get their website address, supervisor’s name and EIN number (a number filed with the IRS). Call the Better Business Bureau to see if they have ever had any complaints filed against them.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Avoid pushy people.  If they seem to be pressuring you to make a donation right away, run away.  What’s the rush?  Why do they need your money this instant?  That’s a red flag that something is not right.

Today’s fraudsters can look like anybody and everybody.  They may be well-spoken, well-dressed and may even claim to know your relatives.  Don’t fall for it just because they look and sound good.

Be aware that scams can take place over the phone, in the mail, via email or in person.  The perpetrators of this type of crime will make every effort to look, sound or seem real.

We’re not saying you should lose all faith in humanity.  Just be smart about your charitable giving.  Doing a little research to find out if an organization is legitimate will give you peace of mind in the long run.