Check a charity's credibility before you give this season

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - This season isn't only about spending money on buying things, but also giving to those need, often to charities online.

Nationwide, charities receive 41 percent of their donations in the last weeks of the year, when people are either feeling generous or looking for a tax deduction, according to an NBC News report.

Crooks know this, and have been known to take advantage of this generosity.

To avoid giving to a non-credible charity, experts suggest that you give to ones you know, or check out sites like The Wise Giving Alliance: http://www.bbb.org/us/Wise-Giving/  and Charity Navigator: http://www.charitynavigator.org/  which provide online information about charities, including how they spend their money.

Last month, the South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond released a list of "Angels and Scrooges," charities that were recognized for giving a high or low percentage of expenditures toward their program services.