SourcePoint was recently alerted to a scam attempt—an in-home care client received a phone call from someone claiming to represent SourcePoint. This “representative” requested a donation and offered to send the client a donation envelope. When the client received the envelope, she noticed the return address was in Michigan, not Delaware, Ohio. Thankfully, this attention to detail prevented the client from sending money to the con artist.

When you decide to support a cause you care about, such as SourcePoint, you want your donation to count. It’s important to be mindful of how you make your donation. Giving directly to the organization of your choice is key. If you’re unsure of who is calling you to request a donation, hang up, and call your charity’s main published number. Avoid sharing credit card or banking information over the phone.

Be smart about responding to email solicitations, too. Many organizations, including SourcePoint, send emails on a regular basis. You should pay attention to the address from which the email is sent. If you have any doubt, it’s best to go directly to the organization’s website, rather than clicking the links in the email.

You should also keep scammers’ tricks in mind:

  • Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. That’s something scammers do.
  • Some scammers try to trick you into paying them by thanking you for a donation that you never made.
  • Scammers can change caller ID to make a call look like it’s from a local area code.
  • Scammers make vague, sentimental claims, but give no specifics about how your donation will be used.
  • Guaranteeing sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a donation is not only a scam, it’s illegal.

You can report scams to your local police department, the Ohio Attorney General’s office, or the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint.

SourcePoint donations are always directed to our headquarters at 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware. You can make donations in person or using SourcePoint’s donation envelopes, which clearly state the Cheshire Road address. You also can make secure donations on our website at https://www.MySourcePoint.org/give. (Note the “S” at the end of https stands for “secure” and means all communication between your browser and our site is encrypted.)

If you have any questions or concerns, you can call our main published number at 740-363-6677.