The BBB has issued a warning for Indiana non-profit groups.
The agency is reporting a donor fraud scam involving donations and stolen credit cards. The scheme uses the non-profits website to make a donation, but then calls to have the donation refunded to a different account.
For example, the scheme works like this:
A donor clicks on a button on a non-profit's web site and makes a donation. The donation could be a rather large sum, perhaps $2500.00. Shortly after, the alleged donor contacts the non-profit claiming that the donation was incorrect and the amount should have been substantially less, for example, $250.00. The "donor" explains that the original card had to be closed for security reasons and requests that the excess amount be refunded to a different account. The cards used by these fraudsters are typically stolen.
The BBB advises non-profits to contact the attorney general's office if they suspect donor fraud. Those numbers are:
Indiana Attorney General, (800) 382-5516 Kentucky Attorney General, (888) 432-9257 Illinois Attorney General, (800) 243-0618