W.Va. Attorney General reminds consumer to give wisely to relief efforts

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisy is reminding consumers to use caution as they donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

In a release Morrisey offers these tips:

  • Never feel pressure to donate immediately
    Be suspicious of charities asking for donations in cash or via wire transfer
  • If an organization is unfamiliar, research and gather as much information as possible
  • Verify that any local chapter is authorized to solicit funds of behalf of its parent organizations
  • Go direcetly to a charity or arganization’s website instead of clicking on a link to a desired group
  • Be wary of any charity refusing to detail its mission, use of donations or proof of tax deductibilty
  • Keep records, including a letter confirming the charitable status of the organization for contribustions in excess of $250

Consumers should also keep in mind all online contributions should start with “https://.” The “s” verifies a secure connection, making it less likely for personal information to be stolen.

Anyone concerned about the legitimacy of a specific charity or organization should confrim it is registered to solicit donations. That information can be accessed through the Secretary of State’s Offices in West Virginia and/or Texas.

If you believe you have been solicited to donate to a charity you think may be fraudulent, you can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808.

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