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SCAM WARNING: Be aware of fake charities collecting for Hurricane Matthew relief

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians about fake charity scams associated with Hurricane Matthew.  (Source: WAVE 3 News archive) Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians about fake charity scams associated with Hurricane Matthew.  (Source: WAVE 3 News archive)

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians about fake charity scams associated with Hurricane Matthew.

Beshear advised that con artists are posing as legitimate charity organizations and trying to collect money from donors.

“It is a top priority of my office to protect our families and senior citizens from becoming a victim of a scam,” Beshear said. “This particular scam preys on Kentuckians generosity and goodwill, and con artists are shamefully pocketing funds that should go to support families and communities that have been impacted by this deadly storm.” 

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Donors who are not familiar with a charitable organization and how they use their money can verify what percentage of their income goes to the charity’s purpose on CharityNavigator.org. Additional research tools and resources can be found on the Attorney General’s website.
Additional tips offered to donors from the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection include:
•    Do not feel pressured to give money or financial information over the phone. 
•    Beware of sound alike charities.
•    Be cautious of social media requests for donations. Although some may be legitimate, consumers need to verify before making donations.
•    Ask solicitors what percentage of your donation will be given to the relief effort. By law, the solicitor must tell you if you ask.  

To report a concern about a charitable solicitation contact the Attorney General’s Office at 888-432-9257, and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

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