Beware of Fake-Charity Scams Related to Hurricane Relief

The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning about possible fake-charity scams that emerge during hurricane season. Be aware of criminals who try to take advantage of people’s generosity by impersonating charities to get money or private information from well-meaning taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email, or in-person solicitations.

The IRS encouraged taxpayers to seek out recognized charitable groups for their donations. IRS.gov has the tools people need to check the status of charitable organizations quickly and easily. Taxpayers suspecting fraud by email should visit IRS.gov and search for the keywords “Report Phishing.”

More information about tax scams and schemes may be found at IRS.gov using the keywords “scams and schemes.” Details on available relief can be found on the disaster relief page here on the IRS website.

  • This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax advisor.

Tip courtesy of IRS.gov[i]

[i] https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/beware-of-fake-charity-scams-relating-to-hurricane-harvey