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Don’t Be a Charitable Fraud Victim

The money people donate to help disaster victims often adds up to millions of dollars.

“Giving money during a disaster gives you a wonderful feeling, but make sure your donation actually is going to a legitimate charity, not a scam artist,” says [insert name and title] of [insert county name].

Here are some questions to ask the person soliciting money from you:

  • What is the charity’s exact name?
  • Where is it located?
  • Does it have local offices?
  • What percent of the money donated goes to the actual program?
  • What programs does it offer in your community?
  • Where and when are these programs offered?
  • How long has the charity been in operation?

Anyone soliciting for a legitimate charity will know the answer to these questions and won’t mind if you check the information he or she provides.

To be sure you are giving your money to a real charity, check with your secretary of state’s office to see if the charity is registered. You also can check with the consumer protection division of the attorney general’s office to see if anyone has filed a complaint about the charity.

For more information, visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood or www.extension.org/Floods
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