Dirty Tax Scams You Should Avoid at All Costs

2. Fake charities

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Be on guard for sound-alike charities. | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

It’s great to have a giving heart. But don’t let your generosity put you in a situation where a scammer can take advantage of you. Some groups pretend to be a charitable organization, so they can garner donations. However, be on guard if a group has a name that is close to a nationally recognized organization. Some scammers choose familiar names, so victims will get their fake organization confused with a reputable organization. If you want to check the status of an organization, one good tool to use is Charity Navigator.

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