JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt urged Missourians to exercise caution before donating to charities aiding in coronavirus outreach.
There are bad actors who may try to take advantage of those wishing to donate, office information states.
“Missourians who wish to donate to some of the charities doing incredible work to aid the people of this state should be cautious when giving money. While others are working day and night to help people affected by this pandemic, bad actors may be working overtime to steal your money or information,” Schmitt said. “Anyone seeking to defraud Missourians should know that the Attorney General’s Office is watching, and we will take action wherever possible.”
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office offers these tips to avoid charity fraud …
• Do not judge a charity by its name. False charities may use names that closely resemble legitimate charities.
• Do not be pressured. Give only when comfortable with the charity.
• Do not commit by phone. Seek written information.
• Avoid cash donations and make checks payable to the organization, not to an individual.
• Insist on a tax-deductible receipt indicating the amount contributed.
• When in doubt, call the charity and check on soliciting being done in their name.
• Do not allow solicitors to enter the residence. Consumer fraud hotline: 1-800-392-8222.