This message should come as no surprise to folks who follow the local news.
Recently, a treasurer of a local elementary school’s PTA was accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from the organization’s bank account.
Stories also surfaced that a well-known local philanthropist was convicted of swindling millions from those who trusted him with their finances.
Two more people are facing charges of allegedly collecting funds for the family of Jessica Heeringa, the young Norton Shores woman missing since late April, but keeping the money for themselves.
And elsewhere in Michigan, a woman faked cancer so she could collect money from the caring, giving folks in her community.
Is this truly the world in which we live? And, if so, we have to be asking ourselves: Who can we trust?
The fact is, there are many people out there to whom morals mean nothing, and money means everything. These people will go to just about any lengths to get their hands on your money.
What can we learn from these people? Be careful.
If you’re going to invest, make sure you do plenty of research first. If you’re going to donate, take some time to make sure the cause you’re donating to is legitimate.
With all the scams and schemers out there today, it’s tempting to just button up and say, "Enough is enough." But, the truth is, there are many worthwhile causes that truly need our support.
By all means, support them to the best of your financial ability, but don’t be careless with your money. There are too many people out there who can’t be trusted.
It’s sad, but true.
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