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Beware of scammers pose as charities helping Notre Dame Cathedral

FTC issues warning to consumers
Posted: 12:46 PM, Apr 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-24 10:57:41-04
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INDIANAPOLIS — Scammers are taking advantage of Hoosiers’ generosity in wanting to help rebuild the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning this week about scam artists posing as organizations seeking donations.

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Fire severely damaged the 856-year-old French cathedral April 15.

The fire burned for several hours and caused Notre Dame's spire to collapse while also destroying its roof.

The University of Notre Dame will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Notre Dame Cathedral.

The Federal Trade Commission offered the following tips for consumers looking to help the cathedral or any other charity.

  • Research the organization first. Search online for the name of the organization plus the word “complaint” or “scam.” Read what others say the about the organization. These organizations can also help your research.
  • It’s important to ask questions. If you get a call from someone asking for money to help rebuild the Cathedral, ask them how exactly your money will be used. Do some research before donating to any organization you are not familiar with.
  • Crowdfunding sites may not monitor how donations are spent. Online fundraisers should tell you who gets your donation and how your money gets to the charity. They should also tell you if they keep any part of your donation as a fee. These details should be clear and easy to find without hunting through fine print. If the details are not clear, consider taking your donation money elsewhere.
  • Crowdfunding sites may not monitor how donations are spent. Online fundraisers should tell you who gets your donation and how your money gets to the charity. They should also tell you if they keep any part of your donation as a fee. These details should be clear and easy to find without hunting through fine print. If the details are not clear, consider taking your donation money elsewhere.