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BBB gives advice for looking out for charity scams

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You can also contact the Better Business Bureau to check a charity before giving money. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau to check a charity before giving money.

With the holidays coming up, you might be in a charitable mood -- but the Better Business Bureau says to keep an eye out for scams posing as charities.

According to a summary done by the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy, 390 billion dollars were donated to different types of charities in 2016, and being sure that you're donating to a real charity in 2017 is as easy as checking for specific details about the charity, getting the charity's exact name, or even just searching online.

"One of the things you can do is you can go on the Internet, type the charity's name and put 'scam' behind it or 'complaint' and that will tell you if it’s a really good charity or not, and what kind of complaints are out there," said Cheryl Parsons, President of the BBB Lima Chapter.

You can also contact the Better Business Bureau to check a charity before giving money.

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