How to avoid being scammed by fake NGOs

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Caroline Gallant, provincial manager of the Red Cross Society, has 35 years of working in a NPO and is a specialist in financial and administrative management.  Photo: SUPPLIED
Caroline Gallant, provincial manager of the Red Cross Society, has 35 years of working in a NPO and is a specialist in financial and administrative management. Photo: SUPPLIED

WHEN deciding which non-profit or non-governmental organisation (NPO or NGO) to support, most people wonder whether they are making the right decision giving their hard-earned cash away.

With corruption, fraud and scams the news of the day, dishonest people still continue to use any means possible to steal or take from others.

“It’s heartbreaking to meet so many people, especially the elderly, who have been scammed out of money by so called fund-raisers,” said Sharon Claassen, official fund-raiser for The South African Red Cross Society Eastern Cape Province.

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