Category Archives: Scams

Protecting the Public from Charity Scams

Beware of charity scams. Do your homework before donating. Those are the warnings issued to the public by CNBC in a recent report about fraudulent nonprofits. The CNBC report focused on an unprecedented enforcement action in 2015. The Federal Trade … Continue reading

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WATCH OUT! Phishing Remains a Threat for Taxpayers

The IRS is warning taxpayers to watch out for fake emails and websites trying to steal personal information that can be used to commit identify or financial theft. The IRS is listing this type of “phishing” scheme on its list … Continue reading

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Nonprofits Subject to Email Phishing Attacks

On October 29, many received an email from Christopher Oechsli, president of Atlantic Philanthropies, saying the New York foundation was planning on randomly giving away $1 million. The email stated that recipients should consider themselves to be “lucky individuals.” Unfortunately … Continue reading

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New IRS Phone and Email Scams

The IRS is warning of phone and email scams targeting individuals and businesses. First, scammers have been making calls claiming to be from the IRS. They may say that a taxpayer owes money or is entitled to a large refund. … Continue reading

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Another Win for NY AG Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman is following his big win earlier this month with a $522,000 pay out from a Brooklyn rabbi who collected hundreds of thousands of dollars for fake charities. Rabbi Yaakov Weingarten pled guilty in … Continue reading

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May is for Embezzlement Convictions

Yesterday was a good reminder for charities that any organization is susceptible to embezzlement. First, a man was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he had defrauded charities by billing them for, but not delivering, prizes to be … Continue reading

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Misleading Notices Target Nonprofits

As happens every year, nonprofits are being targeted by businesses that send misleading corporate compliance notices. The first batch for 2014 has just been mailed with the headline “Annual Minutes Compliance Notice.” Don’t fall for these rip-offs. As the California … Continue reading

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Vendor Warning

Do you check references before you engage vendors for your organization’s fundraising events? If not, you should. The New York Times Haggler recently reminded us why. In a recent post, the Haggler investigated a company called, which charged a … Continue reading

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How to Best Help Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan

Following the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, many are trying to figure out the most effective way to help. We’ll cut to the chase: it’s money. Often at times of disaster people want to donate new and used clothing, canned … Continue reading

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IRS Warns of Pervasive Phone Scam

You may encounter something even scarier than Halloween today. The IRS is warning about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers around the country. The scammers tell people that they owe money to the IRS and that it must be paid … Continue reading

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