October 20th, 2016 12:27 PM by Sharon Mason
Beware of Charity Frauds This
Frauds have been on the rise in Arizona, and the upcoming holiday season is the
perfect time of year for scam artists to take full advantage of our giving
spirit. The Arizona Attorney General’s office warns that even legitimate
fundraisers should be asked certain questions to ensure that you are not
falling victim to swindlers. Here are a few things you should know about
charities in Arizona:
fundraisers must register with the Secretary of State’s office and they must
file their charities so you can find out more about them. They are required to
disclose a few details, whether they are calling you on the phone or contacting
you by mail:
legal name of the charity.
The purpose of the charity (who they are raising money for).
the caller representing a company that has been hired to fundraise on behalf of
the charity organization, they must disclose that they are “for profit” in fact
the company that was hired is being paid for their services. .
red flags that the Attorney General’s Office warns that we should be on the
of charities that closely resemble legitimate or well-known organizations.
The use of meaningless terms like disclosing they have a tax-ID number.
Guaranteed sweepstakes winnings in exchange for a donation to the charity.
are many wonderful charity organizations that truly need our support,
especially during the holiday season. Don’t be a victim to scam artists who
aren’t representing a legitimate organization! If you would like more
information or think you may have been scammed, please contact the Arizona
Attorney’s Office at 602-542-5025 or online at: https://www.azag.gov/.
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