An unfortunate common approach that fraudsters use is to misrepresent that they are selling advertising for local schools, first responders, non-profits and even for-profit businesses. For instance, local businesses and consumers have reported to receiving suspicious solicitations for advertisements in false educational materials from local schools about drug and alcohol prevention. These requests were made by individuals claiming to represent fictitious fundraising organizations, with claims that local schools would benefit from the sales. The local schools did not approve nor were they aware of these efforts.
Whether you receive a solicitation at work or at home on behalf of a non-profit organization, be cautious. We regularly support our local non-profits, and would offer this advice:
- If you aren’t familiar with the organization that is making the request, ask for proof of their non-profit status. You should also contact the NH Center for Non-Profits or the Attorney General of New Hampshire.
- If you aren’t familiar with the person making the request, contact the organization that they are representing to ensure that they are legitimately associated.
- Ask for references for other local businesses and people who have supported them or purchased advertising.
For more information about fundraising scams, visit: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams.