Scammers posing as charity organizations in the Piedmont Triad

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- 'Tis the season for giving and scammers are already busy trying to steal your money, even posing as a charity.

"There are also a lot of sound-a-like organizations," said Kevin Hinterberger, with the BBB, who says when you receive unsolicited calls to give you need to do your homework. "Take your time, make a verification before you make a donation."

Hinterberger says is one resource that has already done the homework for you. You can look up a charity and see just how much of your money is really going to help a cause.

"There have been solicitations that we've seen, where upwards of 90 percent of the money donated ends up going to the telemarketer," Hinterberger said.

Other scams that don't seem to be going away include people claiming to be from your power company.

"People get a phone call saying, 'Hey you are behind on your utility bills we need you to pay, we need you to go to store, get a Green Dot, Visa, iTunes card and call us back and pay immediately,'" said Det. Kim Rieson with the High Point Police Department. "Look up the phone number on your prior bill and call that provider and company and ask them directly if you owe."

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