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Make sure your money goes to trustworthy charities this Giving Tuesday: BBB

Last Updated Dec 2, 2019 at 12:54 pm PST

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If you are planning to donate on Dec. 3 or throughout the holidays, the Better Business Bureau says do research

Scammers in particular have been known to exploit the holidays by making emotional pleas to donors

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –┬áThe holidays are a time for giving, but one consumer group wants to make sure Canadians are doing it wisely.

With over 86,000 registered charities in Canada, it can be a challenge to make sure that your contributions are going to trustworthy organizations, especially on Giving Tuesday, when record donations are made.

If you are planning to donate on Dec. 3 or throughout the holidays, the Better Business Bureau is urging you to do your research.

The BBB recommends reviewing websites carefully as well as avoiding on-the-spot donation demands from unfamiliar organizations.

It also advises extra care when it comes to emotional appeals, as scammers in particular have been known to exploit the holidays.

You can check an organization’s credentials, including their charitable status, on the Canada Revenue Service website.