A lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission and all 50 states said four different cancer organizations raised nearly $190 million, but that money didn't go to charity.
Becky Franks, with Cancer Support Community Montana, says people can trust their organization.
"We provide the services that they trust us to do," she said.
Cancer Support Community Montana is part of a statewide network that raises $40 million annually to provide dozens of programs for cancer patients, caregivers and anyone affected by cancer.
Federal investigators accused a Tennessee man and his family of using donated money they raised to buy cars, cruises, pay college tuition and fund six-figure salaries.
Franks said a scam like this is not hard to come by, but there are ways to avoid it happening to you.
Step one -- look up the organization asking for donations on a site like GuideStar or Charity Navigator. Next, follow the money trail. Nonprofits should always have financial reports posted on their website. Get face-to-face interaction with the staff or executive director of the organization.
Franks said it's important to know who you are donating to before writing a check.
Cancer Support Community Montana is a statewide network. The Bozeman branch serves about 700 people every year.