The Children’s Home is deeply concerned about the fraudulent use of our name and logo by individuals who deliberately abuse the trust of our supporters. Following are details on how the fraud works, and how to help protect yourself from potentially serious consequences.
We have received reports that impostors may be using The Children’s Home name — and our 157 years of credibility — to solicit members of the public via websites, e-mails and phone calls. We are alerting the public in an effort to ensure that innocent victims are not lured into providing their personal contact or banking details. Please be advised that websites, e-mails and phone calls offering jobs as a personal assistant may fabricated and fraudulent. Beware of scammers who may ask you to deposit a check for wages with “extra” money for donations.
Here are some measures you can take to avoid scammers:
- Be alert to any unexpected e-mail, instant message, voicemail or fax that claims to be from a bank, credit card company, online service or charitable organization.
- If you receive a suspect message, call our Donor & Community Engagement Manager at 410-744-7310 and verify whether it is legitimate.
- Do not respond to any e-mail, phone or fax instructions that prompt you to divulge your personal information without separately verifying the source.
- Do not click on any links in a suspicious e-mail; clicking on such a link may cause the download of key-logging or spyware programs onto your computer.
- Use up-to-date anti-virus software — including spam filters and even anti-phishing programs, which are available to help screen out potential phishers on websites and e-mails.