Tips on avoiding them when making donations

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After all the splurging on food and gifts brought on by Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, you might be looking for ways to spend.

Giving Tuesday, which takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, launched in 2012 to urge people to find ways to give their time and money to charitable causes.

A recent report on Giving Tuesday found people donated nearly $2.5 billion in the U.S. last year.

Shopping and donating do have one thing in common: They’re ripe targets for scammers.

Just as you might get emails, texts, or phone calls trying to trick you into believing a great deal awaits, similar tactics are used to convince youto donate to a worthy cause, especially during the holiday season.

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