UPDATE 2: Your BBB Wants You to be a Counterfeit Check Scambuster
During the first couple weeks of October, consumers and business people reported to BBB they had received $80k in counterfeit checks and money orders.
It's obvious international scammers are targeting consumers and businesses in Middle Tennessee
...October 23 BBB enlisted the help of WTN 99.7 radio listeners asking them to become counterfeit check Scambusters for BBB. In two weeks scambusters have faxed to BBB counterfeit checks totaling $189,000
In less than 4 weeks a GRAND total of $279,000 in counterfeit checks have been taken out of circulation and NOT DEPOSITED IN MID-TENNESSEE BANK ACCOUNTS!!
Holiday Giving ALERT: Give, but Give Wisely
Donors should be wary of a Tennessee-based cancer charity, which is giving less than a penny of every dollar raised in direct aid to help people with cancer.
Cancer Fund of America, Knoxville, TN solicits donations across the U. S., including locally, through telemarketers, direct mail and online. Fundraising efforts have included a direct mail piece that asks recipients to be the Neighborhood Fundraising Captain by passing a donation envelop around to neighbors. Collected neighborhood donations are sent to the organizations headquarters in Knoxville.
Many consumers receiving the direct mail piece say they mistakenly confuse the solicitations of the Cancer Fund of America with the American Cancer Society. BBB advises donors to be aware of charities that use names similar to well-known national organizations. Sometimes an organization will choose a name in hope that donors will confuse it with a better-known charity.
The Cancer Fund of America's 2007 990 filed with the IRS reported total revenues of $17 million. More than 99 percent of all cash donations to the organization went to fundraising costs, salaries for charity officials, consultant fees and other expenses related to the charity¹s operations.
There are excellent cancer charities that are very careful and accountable in spending the contributions of donors. The Cancer Fund of America IS NOT among these organizations
Give, But Give Wisely:
- Before giving, ask for written information about a charity¹s program and finances – especially if you are unfamiliar with the organization.
- Don't bend to pressure to give money immediately. A charity that wants your money today also will welcome it at a later date.
- Check out Middle Tennessee charitable non-profits at www.givingmatters.com.
- Check out national charities at www.guidestar.org.
For more BBB advice you can trust on how to be a savvy giver, visit www.Nashville.BBB.org
The BBB of Middle Tennessee, Inc. was founded in 1961 as a non-profit Tennessee organization serving 38 counties in Middle Tennessee and 7 counties in Southern Kentucky. The first BBB was founded in 1912. Today, BBBs serve communities across the U.S. and Canada.
Serving as the 'ethical gatepost' of our communities, BBB fosters and promotes ethical business practices and self-regulation standards that build consumer trust in the marketplace. BBB services include business reliability information, complaint resolution services and consumer and business educational information. In 2008 BBB Nashville handled over 4.0 million services requests via our web site www.Nashville.BBB.org.
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