Kansas AG: Use Caution With Disaster Donations

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is warning residents about possible scams in light of last week's devastating storm on the east coast.

Schmidt issued the warning about possible scam artists looking to profit off the generosity of others who donate money to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"When natural disasters strike, it is human nature to offer help," Schmidt said. "But, please donate wisely to established, legitimate disaster-relief charities."

The attorney general released some tips to keep potential donors from being scammed:

-Make donations to established organizations with a track record of organizing and providing disaster relief.

-Initiate the donation yourself, rather than responding to online or phone solicitations.

-Avoid door-to-door solicitors or offers from charities to stop by a consumer's home to pick up a check. These too could be fraudulent.

-Do not fall prey to high-pressure pitches from solicitors. Legitimate charities allow you time to think about how much - and when - you choose to donate.

-Be wary of charities that ask for alternate forms of payment. Legitimate charities rarely if ever ask you to give by wire transfer.

More information on avoiding charity scams is available though the Kansas Attorney General's website by clicking the link below:

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