In this season of giving, be sure to deal with recognized charities, and be wary of charities with similar sounding names. It is common for scam artists to impersonate charities using bogus websites and through contact involving e-mails, telephone, social media, and in-person solicitations.
Check out the charity on the IRS website, www.irs.gov, using the Exempt Organizations Select Check search tool.
A final note: don’t give or send cash. Make your contributions by check or credit card.