Senior Safety Tip of the Month - April 2020
Sergeant Bob’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Donation / Fundraising Alert
It’s unfortunate, but we’ve already seen an increase in fraudulent fundraising and “pop-up” donation activity during this stressful Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
THE RISK: Legitimate fundraising dollars are being lost as public confidence is undermined. Caring individuals, SENIORS are being misled and scammed during a health crisis. Unfounded pharmaceutical and equipment advice is compromising public health.
THE SOLUTION: Before you give, research websites carefully to ensure their legitimate. Check addresses with Google maps, street view, etc., and look for past literature, letterhead, addresses, websites, phone numbers. Don’t share credit card numbers or bank account details with anyone unknown to you. Listen to real medical experts, trust RECOGNIZED medical officials only.
CONSIDER: Sergeant Bob has not highlighted organizations before. But under these circumstances, and in the interest of senior safety, there’s one simple solution; If you’re anxious to donate but are unable to research confidently, donate to a long-recognized organization such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, a local, known hospital or religious organization, among others. Select an organization freely but remember, this is no time to be venturing into the unknown with your financial security.