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'Tis the season for shopping, giving and scams

HOUSTON – 'Tis the season for shopping, giving and scams.

If you're one of the many who plan to donate to a charity this holiday season, beware.

Monday, The Better Business Bureau of Greater Texas warned of charitable giving scams during the holiday season.

November marks the start of the giving season and the BBB urges donors to give wisely. As donors search for charities to support, it is important to check charities using the BBB's free charity service.  The BBB provides up-to-the-minute charity reports, with in-depth reviews of charities, through its website at BBBHouston.org or by phone at 713-868-9500.  

The BBB Monday during a press conference named charity scams, highlighted groups investigated by the Federal Trade Commission in the last year, and provided important tips ranging from how to spot and avoid scams, protecting your donation, and steps to give wisely to worthy charitable organizations.

The BBB Charity List features approximately 500 local charities that have complied with the BBB's Standards and/or participated in their program and will also include charities that have not participated in the BBB Philanthropy Review Program.