Charity Fake News
HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. — A Raleigh man faces a fraud charge after, police say, he collected thousands of dollars from people for a bogus veterans charity.
Daniel D. James, 63, of 5805 Old Forge Circle, was arrested last Saturday outside a Walmart in Holly Springs on charges of obtaining property by false pretense and violating the local begging ordinance.
Whether tying themselves to a prominent cause or preying on compassion related to a natural disaster, “charity” fakes are a year-round plague. And “charity” fakers do double damage — they steal from you and they steal from those you want to help with your donated dollars.
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The key to avoiding charity fakes is to check the whether the group is recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit or charity. CharityCheck101.org helps you do that for free with its Directory Search and Reverse Lookup pages.