DATCP warns to give wisely

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) are warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams on Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday giving season. The agencies offer the following tips to help consumers give to reputable charitable organizations: 

  • If you are solicited for donations, ask for the name, address, and phone number of the charitable organization making the request; 
  • Do not make a payment over the phone. Hang up and do additional research first; 
  • Do not click on links or attachments in emails, text messages, or social media posts, and do not share information with senders you do not know; 
  • Do not donate via cash, cryptocurrency, peer-to-peer payment apps, or wire to people or organizations you do not know. It is impossible to reverse these transactions; 
  • Do not write a check or give cash to an individual solicitor. Always write out checks to the name of the organization or use a credit card; 
  • Watch for imposter websites and social media profiles. Check the spelling of the charitable organization’s name on the account and website — misspelled names may signify scams; and 
  • Ask how your donation will be used and what percentage of your donation will be used for program services.