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Charity Scams Take Advantage of People in Need

A Season of Giving, A Season of Greed

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Leading up to the holidays, many people like to give back to their communities by donating some of their hard-earned cash. But it's also a time of year when charity scams ramp up. Leading up to the holidays, many people like to give back to their communities by donating some of their hard-earned cash. But it's also a time of year when charity scams ramp up.
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Leading up to the holidays, many people like to give back to their communities by donating some of their hard-earned cash. But it's also a time of year when charity scams ramp up.

‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through the Upstate, generous families ready to donate.

“I have time to reflect, slow down a little bit and I can think about all the blessings I have with family and friends,” said Terri Hendrix, who donated at the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle kickoff event in Greenville.

The Salvation Army helps spread joy and cheer. Their kettles help thousands every year.

With carols and bells ringing everywhere, there are some “grinches” -- so beware: Sketchy charities committing a Christmas atrocity, taking advantage of your generosity.

“People that do that, that take advantage of other people's good nature are the lowest form of criminal in my book,” said Hendrix.

So before you find yourself in a Christmas jam, make sure that charity isn't a scam.

Before you donate, before it's too late, make sure they're registered with the Secretary of State.

Beware the vague, the pushy, the rash. Beware charities that accept only cash.

Before you give like Santa Claus, ask what percent goes to the charitable cause.

Just ask Major Kent Davis of the Salvation Army -- make sure you double-check if something looks smarmy.

“They have their aprons on. They have their identification. And if anything looks kind of not right, then you have the right to call the Salvation Army and ask about that,” said Davis.

So in this holiday season, please give to the needy. Just make sure it's legit and not someone who's greedy.

SC Secretary of State's list of suspended charities: click here.

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