Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Scammed! 4 Cancer Charities Busted for Cheating Donors Out of Millions

Good Day World!

If there’s one thing I hate it’s con artists/scammers.

You hear about them all the time. There’s phone cons, identity-theft cons, and cons that target charities. The real scum bags go with the last one.

I lost a sister to breast cancer, and feel strongly about supporting the cause for a cure. There’s millions of other Americans that feel the same way.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in women in the United States for 2015 are:

  • About 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  • About 62,290 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) of the breast will be found (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,290 deaths from breast cancer

As these figures suggest, the fight to end breast cancer continues.

But some low-lives take the money that people donate towards a cure, and use it for their own personal gain. The following article is a disturbing example of how charitable funds can be misused:

A federal lawsuit alleges four cancer charities have scammed consumers out of more than $187 million.

The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general in all 50 states and the District of Columbia announced Tuesday they have filed a lawsuit against the Cancer Fund of America, Children's Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services and the Breast Cancer Society alleging they violated federal and state regulations.

All four charities are run by members of the same family or their close business associates, as detailed in the 2013 "America's Worst Charities" joint report from theTampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The lawsuit serves as a reminder to consumers to vet nonprofits carefully before donating. Americans gave $335.17 billion to charity in 2013, according to the Giving USA 2014 report, put out by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Health charities received $31.86 billion of that, up 4.5 percent from 2012.” (source)

I don’t want to discourage you from donating to the charity of your choice, but I am cautioning you to check the charity out before giving your hard-earned money to them.

Here’s a good site that rates ALL charities: Charity Watch. Better safe than sorry.

Time for me to walk on down the road…


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