What do you think are some of the biggest causes for charity? Natural disaster relief, terrorist attack relief, world hunger, health care funding, and suicide prevention are just a few of the biggest subjects for charities. Unfortunately, these are also some of the largest areas for charity fraud. Since the beginning of COVID-19, cybersecurity firm “DomainTools” has flagged more than 100,000 sites with COVID-19-related domains as “high risk” for fraud. Keeping this in mind, it’s important for us to understand what charity fraud is. We also need to know why and how it happens, and how we can avoid and detect fraudulent charities.

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What is Charity Fraud

Charity fraud can be described as using deception to receive money from people who believe they are supporting useful charities. An Fbi.gov article states that, “while these scams can happen at any time, they are especially prevalent after high-profile disasters. Criminals often use tragedies to exploit you and others who want to help.” From the eye of an attacker, people are more vulnerable and likely to give money during tragedies and times of crisis.

Scammers in any field love to play with your emotions to get their desired result. This is especially true for charity fraud. Imagine this: You just scrolled past at least 5 posts on Instagram about the terrible fires, floods, and hurricanes happening in areas where you have friends and family. All you can think about are the lives that have…

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