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RED FLAGS - FRAUDULENT NONPROFITS
I. Don't chase "eye candy." CLAIMS ARE NOT FACTS. Don't fall for slick or official sounding names. Don’t be taken in by the dazzle of an advanced looking web site.
Fraudulent anti sex traffickers steal hundreds of millions per year. The legitimate nonprofits often starve as they report actual (and more modest) figures. Figures that don’t have the “wow” effect of a nonprofit seemingly doing the miraculous.
Consider, for a moment, that the fraudulent sites simply work out of a basement. They prey upon good generous citizens and bleeding hearts for their cash flow. And these hucksters repeat the fraud over other charity groups (veterans, animal rescue etc.).
Here is one example. The "Underground Railroad" (under Ourrescue.org) looks and sounds exciting. But what is under the hood? Their claims are not documented - or more furtively - they make claims that cannot be documented. Their claim that they have dogs that track predators (or, more specifically, the predators “computer parts”) is "next level" preposterous.
II. Nonprofits that claim they are comprised of ("elite") group of former law enforcement officials (ie; "Phantom Rescue" in Broward County. See HERE). This may include Navy Seals, FBI, CIA, State Department, Special Operations, Homeland Security etc. Consider this: A crooked nonprofit called "Saved in America" literally landed a $2 million contract in San Diego until they were exposed as being frauds. See HERE
1) Check their web site. Look for form 990.
2) Look for form 990 at Florida's Check-a-charity HERE
3) Look for form 990 at "Charity Navigator" HERE
4) Look for form 990 at "Guide Star" Check-a-charity HERE