Officals warn of Tsunami Charity Scams


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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 31, 2004
Relief organizations are collecting tens of thousands of dollars from residents of the Central Valley who want to help out the millions of people who have been left without the basics of life as a result of the tsunami. The state attorney general warns there could be some con artists out there preying on the public’s sympathy. Jim Money of the Stanislaus County Red Cross says the agency has had one report of a woman going door-to-door in the Modesto area illegally soliciting money for tsunami victims. MONEY :10—She didn’t have any Red Cross identification and no Red Cross paraphernalia but had a red jacket on. The gal had an envelop with some money in it, kind of indicating other people were giving. Money says the Red Cross never solicits door-to-door. People who encounter suspicious solicitors should contact their local law enforcement agency or the California attorney general’s office at 1-800-952-5225. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.