Posted: Dec 7, 2012 3:11 PM
TUCSON - The holidays are a time of giving and many of you in Southern Arizona are generous when it comes to helping those in need.
Many charitable organizations ramp up efforts to raise money for their cause this time of year.
Fraudsters are also busy at their work preying on your goodwill.
Scammers use a variety of methods such as creating phony websites or flooding your email with solicitations. And they may pester you with phone calls or knock on your door.
The BBB tells us fraudsters are pulling on your heart strings hoping to pull the cash out of your wallet.
"If someone calls you on the phone and says they're from such and such charity, make sure that it's a legitimate charity," says Nick LaFeur with the BBB of Southern Arizona. "Don't necessarily give on the spot over the phone. Say you need to take time to maybe think about. Go online. Go to that charity's website. Find their phone number. Call them back. Give that way."
BBB Advice: Always research charities with BBB before you give to see if the charity meets BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Click here for the information.
Check out the latest events FC Tucson has scheduled.
Help those in need this holiday season
Click here to submit a news tip to us!
Become a Facebook Fan!
Sign up on KVOA.com for newsletters, exclusive deals, and more!
Win! Win! Win!
Get news, weather and more on your smartphone and tablet!
Get texts for news, traffic, deals and more!
Stories and videos with Kristi's Kids
What's happening on News 4 @ 4
Let us help grow your business
What's on KVOA and when!
Contact info for our department heads
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and More
KVOA's on air personalities!
Work at News 4 Tucson
Complete feeds of all KVOA.com stories