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Attorney General Josh Stein Releases Tips to Avoid Charity Scams in the Wake of Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH, NC (September 26, 2018) — Attorney General Josh Stein today alerted North Carolinians about charity scammers who misuse donations meant to help victims of Hurricane Florence. The North Carolina Department of Justice is currently reviewing five charity scam allegations related to Hurricane Florence.

“It has been heartwarming to see the many ways North Carolinians have stepped up to help each other to begin rebuilding after Florence,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “I want to make sure that when people contribute money, their donation goes to help others, not line some scammer’s pocket. That’s why we’re releasing these tips.”

Attorney General Stein held an event today to highlight the work of several charities that are helping the rebuilding efforts and to discuss avoiding charity scams. Video of that event can be found here.

Here are some tips to make sure your donation helps those in need:

  • Choose charities you know and want to support.
  • Don’t just give to one because it called or emailed you – it may not be legitimate.
  • If you’re feeling pressured to give immediately, don’t. Legitimate charities won’t pressure you.
  • Research a charity before you commit to giving them money – you can check with GuideStar, Charity Navigator, the BBB, Secretary of State’s Office, or call the North Carolina Department of Justice at 1-877-5-NOSCAM.
  • When you’re making your donation, pay with a credit card through a website or a phone number you know to be legitimate. Credit cards are best for security and tax purposes.

More tips can be viewed here. Anyone who has been the victim of a charity scam is encouraged to call the North Carolina Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-877-5-NOSCAM or visit ncdoj.gov/complaint.