While we all want to be informed on the latest events or generous to our neighbors in need, it’s important to make sure we are doing our due diligence and checking sources before clicking on links, ads, or forwarding information to others. If we don’t, then we could be spreading malicious malware or unnecessary worry among our friends. Scammers love to feed off of our fears and national headlines, so here are some websites that can help sort our legitimacy from potential scams:


  1. Federal Communications Commission
    Provides the latest robocall, voicemail call back, and text message scams.
  2. Federal Trade Commission
    Spot the scams with these helpful tips from the Federal Trade Commission and see a list of current scams.
  3. USA.gov
    Your online guide to government information and services.
  4. BBB Wise Giving Alliance
    Helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public.
  5. Charity Navigator
    The latest and most-utilized evaluator of charities in the United States.
  6. Charity Watch
    America’s most independent, assertive charity watchdog.
  7. Guide Star
    Connects donors and grant makers to non-profit organizations.