Common scams and how to spot them

Is GiveDirectly a scam?
No, GiveDirectly is a top rated nonprofit organization. But sometimes scammers impersonate GiveDirectly programs or staff in an attempt to gain financial or personal information.

What known scams are there?

How do I become a recipient?
It is not possible to apply to become a recipient. Recipients are chosen at random as funds become available. If you are chosen to be a recipient it will be through the Providers app created by Propel, One Fair Wage, or Stand for Children. These organizations will ask you for your name, date of birth, phone number, and email. They will not ask for your banking or other financial information.

Will GiveDirectly ask for my payment information?
GiveDirectly will never directly ask for your banking or other financial information. U.S. recipients who are already enrolled will receive their payments from Hyperwallet which is owned by PayPal. To receive their payment, recipients may be asked to enter their bank account information on Hyperwallet’s secure portal. Recipients should never provide this information over email or the phone. If someone other than Hyperwallet is asking for financial information, do not give it to them.

What if I believe I have been targeted by a scammer?
Please contact us at [email protected] with information about the scam. We reply to each email and investigate all attempted fraud. Please attach any screenshots or additional details you have.

How do I know GiveDirectly is real?
Over the last ten years GiveDirectly has delivered over 150 million dollars to recipients around the world. GiveDirectly has recieved top ratings from Charity Navigator, GiveWell, and Charity Watch. GiveDirectly has been featured on CNN, Forbes, Vox, and more. You can learn more about our U.S. Project 100 here.