Good Samaritans don't have to be easy prey for scammers. The recent Syrian refugee crisis has generous people getting their checkbooks out to help relief efforts. It may also soon have crooks and scammers trying to pass themselves off as charities in an attempt to rip off those wanting to help.
The Better Business Bureau Investigator Bill Smith tells The Big Z it pays to keep your guard up.
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He says the BBB evaluates charities on a basis of 20 standards of accountability. He says they would like to see charities spend no more than 35% of the money it raises on marketing or other costs, sending at least 65% of its take to those in need.