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BBB warns non-profits of new fraud scheme

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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

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