Once again, the IRS warns taxpayers to beware of fraudsters pretending to be charities to take advantage of people’s goodwill, especially after a disaster. It warns people not to give out personal information to anyone especially credit card, Social Security, and bank account numbers. It advises people that fake charities often have names similar to real charities and may create fake websites to mimic them. If you choose to give to a charity, do your homework. There are websites such as GuideStar.org that you can use to check out a charity. Keep in mind that if you are in doubt, you can always donate food or clothing instead of money or work with a charity locally that you can visit.