Charity fraud is the intentional act of deception committed by an individual or group of individuals who ask for contributions in the name of a worthy cause. Perpetrators of charity fraud will take advantage of a tragic event to appeal to the compassion and empathy of donors. They make material misrepresentations about their charity in order to gain the donor’s confidence and trust, and then use high pressure methods to convince them to donate.
Fraud in charitable organizations occurs when legitimate organizations or the individuals working for the organization misuse donations, or when illegitimate organizations or individuals collect donations on behalf of a sham organization. Perpetrators of charity fraud prey on the generosity of their donors through a variety of means. Some individuals may try to get the attention of a passerby on the street requesting cash for the hungry or disabled while others may use telemarketing scams in which the perpetrator tries to convince the potential donor of their legitimacy and the immediacy of financial need for a worthy cause. Yet, the most u...
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