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Securing your donation on fundraiser websites

(Source: GoFundMe Facebook) (Source: GoFundMe Facebook)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - When many people here about a fundraiser for a family in need or a child who is sick, they tend to want to donate, but how can they be sure there money is going towards benefiting the person who is truly in need?

According to the GoFundMe page, donors should not make payments to any campaigns or people unless they fully understand and trust the cause presented.

There is no way to 100% guarantee that a user’s GoFundMe donation page contains accurate or truthful information. Donors should not make payments to any campaigns or people unless they fully understand and trust the cause presented.

Your safety and identity is protected through the site itself. All transactions initiated through GoFundMe are securely encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology, which is a small security indicator, usually a lock icon or green bar. This will appear in the web browser you’re using to verify the security of the transaction.

Some donation pages will have a link on their GoFundMe page that directs them to a different alternative of payment; in this case donors should be aware of why they are directed to a different site.

GoFundMe said, "When in doubt, don’t donate."

For more information on protecting your donations and what to be aware of, visit the website here. 

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