Teresa Schilling with the Attorney General’s office says she doesn’t want to discourage giving to charity – but you should do your research before donating. She says some scammers use sneaky tactics to make themselves sound legitimate:
“They use soundalike names, so they’d pick, you know, maybe they’d become a group that sounds like the Salvation Army, or sounds like an environmental protection group, and so that’s why it’s really important to do your homework.”
Schilling says you can use the charity search on the attorney general’s website to find out if the group’s legitimate. She says avoid giving on the spot, or giving cash – write a check instead, and make it out to the organization. That way there’s a record of the money you’ve given.