Charity 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:

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:

The legal name of the charity.
The purpose of the charity (who they are raising money for).

And if 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. .

Other red flags that the Attorney General’s Office warns that we should be on the lookout for:

Names 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.

There 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: