Holidays bring out the best and the worst in people, with scams multiplying faster than pine needles under your tree. The Better Business Bureau put together a list of scams targeting people over the holidays - here are tips on telling which charities are legit:
As the holidays approach, many people are getting ready to donate to their favorite cause or charity. Historically, individual donations have accounted for well over 80% of the total amount given to charity. However, the recession has had an effect on the amount Americans have been able to give. According to the GivingUSA Foundation, charitable donations in 2008 amounted to $307.65 billion, down 2 percent from 2007.