Solidarity is about helping others, that is why crowdfunding campaigns and contributors always have the best intentions. However, there are always scammers who want to take advantage of your spirit of solidarity and here we will teach you to defend yourself from them.

According to Acconcia, a fraudulent project is one that deliberately cheats its taxpayers. Fortunately, the cases of scams are not so repetitive, in fact, the funds raised through fraud do not represent even 1% of all crowdfunding campaigns.

But you do not have to trust anyone online, at any time we can find a designer who does not keep their promises or who does not use the money specified in the campaign, so we have to take care of ourselves.

Verify information

It is necessary to verify the information of both the content and the person who leads the campaign. There are people who are able to create false accounts and made up problems to take advantage of the charity of others, so it is always necessary to take time to see if the cause is genuine and if it is not a false profile.

An example of this happened on a Spanish platform, where a lady asked 8,000 euros to help her daughter and grandson who had been affected in an attack in Barcelona. After a journalistic investigation, his account was removed from the platform and the money collected was returned.

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However, the lady had another account on another platform where she had already collected 1,300 euros.

Study if the campaign is realistic

When you are reading the content of the initiative asking, how realistic is what you want to do? How much money do they request? Are they really capable of creating and distributing this prototype?

Sometimes, the designer’s skills are not what he promises in his campaign. This is what happened with the case of Coolest Cooler, in which the project leader promised to finish delivering the refrigerators, but has not yet met the objective.

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Analyze the reputation

Another important aspect is the reputation of the creators of the campaign, through social networks it is very easy to investigate the background or the reliability of a person. This way you can know better the person in whom you will trust your money.

As an example we have the case of the Skarp shavers, which in 2015 had been eliminated from Kickstarter for being accused of fraud, later published the campaign in Indiegogo, and although they raised much less money, three years later, there are about 2,787 people who They wait for your shaver.

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The good side is that in Solidaridad Latina we always worry about the processes and campaigns being as transparent as possible through the content of the campaigns and our reliable platforms

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