The IRS is warning taxpayers against scam groups masquerading as charitable organizations. The phony charities attempt to attract donations from unsuspecting taxpayers, using a charitable reason and the promise of a tax deduction as bait. The fraudsters often use names similar to those of nationally known organizations. Fake charities are one of the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for the 2018 filing season. To help ensure you can make tax-deductible donations, use the IRS’s Select Check tool (http://bit.ly/2eYYTR0) to find legitimate, qualified charities.