Idealist Help Center

Tips to Stay Safe

Mobile App:

There are many Idealists around the world that are using our mobile app to do good, however, it is best to follow these tips when communicating with anyone. Please immediately report any suspicious user or behavior to app@idealist.org.

 

Never send money to an individual you haven't yet met.
Never give out any personal information such as credit card information, social security or other ID numbers, date of birth, or your address.

 

Use caution when donating to organizations that aren't well-documented, or if there's any reason whatsoever to doubt their legitimacy.


Don't participate in unusual financial exchanges involving bank account transfers or money orders. When in doubt, research and/or ask for referrals. Legitimate organizations will be happy to provide information.


Never open an unsolicited video resume.​ Occasionally we hear from someone who's received a 'Video Resume' email link that took them to a malware-bearing webpage. These resumes do not come from our site, have no relation to actual Idealist users, and should be treated as spam and deleted immediately.

 

To learn more about online fraud, ways to protect yourself, and how to bounce back from a scam, see these helpful links:
 

http:www.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Internet-Fraud.shtml

http:www.irs.gov/uac/Suspicious-e-Mails-and-Identity-Theft

http:www.staysafeonline.org/

http:www.onguardonline.gov/

http:getsafeonline.org

http:wiredsafety.org

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