As many individuals open their wallets and donate to a variety of charitable causes during the holidays, con artists and fraudsters are lurking online, using websites equipped with payments technologies, text messaging schemes and other methods to scam well-meaning do-gooders out of funds intended for worthy causes. It’s an ever-growing problem being addressed by e-commerce industry participants, law enforcement and other groups.

In addition to websites that collect donations for fake charities, schemes range from websites that mimic the sites of reputable organizations to spam emails and text messages designed to trick the recipient into giving up personal information or payments account data.

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