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BBB warning donors to research before making contributions on Veterans Day

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The Better Business Bureau is sending out a warning for donors about possible fraudulent charities claiming to assist disabled veterans.

On Nov. 11, donors are likely to hear stories of disabled veterans needing assistance or similar pitches for Americans to make donations to charities that promise to help needy veterans.

BBB offers the following tips to potential donors:

Learn all you can about a charity before contributing. Ask for the organizations IRS Form 990 and any printed documentation that shows how much of the contributions will be used for program services and how much will go for fundraising and management expenses.

Whenever possible, donate directly to a charity and not through a fundraising telemarketer or a direct mail solicitation. That helps insure that most of your contribution goes directly to the charity.

Don't succumb to pressure to give money on the spot. A charity that can use your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow. Watch out for appeals that bring tears to your eyes, but tell you nothing about how your donation will be used.

For more information about the donating to specific charities, visit the BBB charity review or call 888-996-3887.

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