Donating to Ukraine? How to make sure it goes to a legitimate source

Many people around the world want to help Ukraine, and scammers have sprung up to take advantage of them.

Cybersecurity firms say they have seen a rise in phone calls, emails, text messages, even ads soliciting donations to aid the humanitarian crisis.

According to Check Point Software, one such email solicitation currently circulating has the subject line: “Let’s Support Ukraine.” 

“For people seeking to donate to Ukraine, we’re issuing strong caution of fraudulent emails seeking to capitalize off your willingness to give,” Ekram Ahmed, spokesperson for Check Point Software, said in a statement. 

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Doug Jacobson, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State University, advises consumers to donate only to legitimate organizations and to toss all other solicitations.

But what’s the best way to determine whether that donation is going to the right place? 

Volunteers from BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir help to distribute food items at a makeshift camp for people displaced from Ukraine at the border crossing in Budomierz, Poland, Monday, March 7, 2022. Russia's invasion of Ukraine has set off the largest mass migration in Europe in decades, with more than 1.5 million people having crossed from Ukraine into neighboring countries.

Ukraine donation tips

Do your homework. Before giving away money, food or clothing, research the organizations you want to send donations. The Federal Trade Commission advises searching the organization along with terms like “scam,” “review,” or “complaint.” There are also several charity watchdog groups such as Charity Watch and, run by the Better Business Bureau, that provide ratings.  

Learn about where your donation is going. Double-check for any information on the charity’s website about where the money you send will go. Is it for medical supplies or food? Make sure you know before you give.






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