Giving Tuesday, BBB warns of scams

As the Christmas holiday season gets underway many of us will be donating to charities as part of our holiday giving.

With that in mind, the Better Business Bureau is urging people to give wisely.

Northeast Georgia Better Business Bureau President Fred Elsberry said people should be very careful when considering where to donate their money not only during the holidays, but all year round.

Elsberry says a good rule of thumb is to donate to organizations that you would normally donate to at other times of the year.

And he warns people to avoid those groups who call you by phone and use high-pressure tactics to get your money.

Additionally, Elsberry said to be on the lookout for fraud attempts.

He said don’t give out your credit card or bank account numbers over the phone and don’t be fooled by organization names that closely resemble the names of well-known organizations but are not that actual organization.

Elsberry says people should seek out as much information as possible on any group they are considering donating to.

Other tips include, ask how much of the charity’s income is spent on services as opposed to fundraising and administrative costs.

Also do some research before purchasing an item on behalf of a charity to see how much of the money from the purchase actually benefits the charity.

Overall, Elsberry says the Better Business Bureau wants to ensure people are making sure their donation is doing as much good as possible.

For more information, go online to www.BBB.Org/Atlanta or check out national charities by going to