Online Donation Basics to Avoid Being Scammed

Online Donation Basics to Avoid Being Scammed

The vast expanse of land that is India is very rightly referred to as a melting pot of cultures, where people from varied backgrounds live cheek-by-jowl with each other. Some cities, especially the metropolitan towns, like its Financial Capital, Mumbai are places where it is not uncommon to see a hyper-luxury accommodation reach out for the skies, even as it is surrounded by ramshackle slums. The dichotomies of life are indeed a mystery and there are scores of like-minded individuals locked in eternal battle to forge a better equilibrium between the two opposing sides. Over the years, there has been many a non-governmental organization that has devoted their energies towards helping the cause of the needy. Each one of these has gone through their own share of challenges and only the very best have stayed relevant even in this constantly evolving environment.

The thing about NGO’s is that they rely solely on the generosity of kind hearted individuals and corporate houses for funding in support of their charitable work. These days, almost all the major charities have enabled the online donation option to those that are short on time, yet intend to make a difference in a needy person’s life. This is also partly to circumvent those greedy scammers that are willing to try every trick in the book to finagle away the donations that people have parted with out of the goodness of their heart. Some of the precautions that one can take to prevent themselves from falling prey to such unscrupulous elements while donating online are: Check the legitimacy of the charity. Often it so happens that scammers set up dubious websites that imitate those of well-known NGO’s, thereby luring unsuspecting donors into parting with their money Given the risk involved with parting with one’s credit card details, it is always a good thing to use a pre-paid card to avoid expensive mistakes When making a donation from the site itself, ensure that the URL or the site address begins with a ‘HTTPS’ that indicates a secure connectionAvoid clicking links in emails that are designed to direct people to a payment gateway. Chances are that it could be fishy. If not, then the security could be lax, thereby putting priceless personally identifiable and financial information at risk of being tampered withWatch those bank statements. Any signs of financial ‘blips’ and it is a sign to delve deeper to identify the causes behind them As the march of globalization continues its all-conquering onslaught, there is an ever widening schism being developed between the ones privileged enough to benefit from it and the ones who seemingly get left out of the benefits. To give generously, in order to help a fellow being in their time of need, therefore, has to be one of the most satisfying acts that a human performs in their life.

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