Unfortunately, charitable groups are often unknowingly drawn into coupon scams by con artists. These con artists will often pay for coupons by the pound.
These con artists make no distinction in selecting their victims. Fund-raising groups for churches, hospitals, high schools, libraries and all sorts of other good causes have been drawn into these scams. The group may make some money in the short term, but jeopardize their reputations.
Most people are honest, but it is a sad fact that con artists will prey on charities. Indeed, cons will often take advantage of the trusting nature of volunteers to commit fraud and other crimes. You can protect yourself and the reputation of your group with a few easy steps:
As a volunteer leader, it is your responsibility to protect your group. Be a skeptic and ask the tough questions. Call the CIC (703) 684-5307 or your local Better Business Bureau (www.bbb.org) and seek out accurate information on the Internet, especially if a potential fundraiser seems too good to be true.