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Consumer Alert: Be wary of charity scams when making donations during Giving Tuesday

Release Date: Nov 30, 2021

TOPEKA – (November 30, 2021) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt reminds Kansans to do their homework and be on guard against scams or unscrupulous charities as they participate in Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season.

Today has been designated as Giving Tuesday, a day focused on donations for charities across Kansas and the nation. The annual event is aimed at helping deserving organizations meet pressing fundraising needs during the holiday season.

Schmidt said the safest way to avoid charities fraud perpetrated through email, text or telephone scams is for Kansans to take control of their own charitable giving and develop their own proactive giving plan and give directly to the charities of their choice, ensuring that the maximum portion of a contribution goes to the charitable purpose itself rather than fundraising expenses. In addition, giving to well-established local charities can maximize the benefit of each contribution and help avoid scams.

The Office of the Attorney General is responsible for enforcement of the Kansas Charitable Organizations and Solicitations Act and protecting consumers from fraudulent charitable and solicitation activities. As of May 27, the filing requirement for charitable organizations, fundraisers and solicitors also was transferred from the Kansas Secretary of State to the Office of the Attorney General.

For more tips or to check out a charity, visit www.InYourCornerKansas.org/charities. If you suspect a charity scam or fraud, or any other violation of charitable solicitation laws, you can file a complaint with our Consumer Protection Division online at the aforementioned website or by calling (800) 432-2310.

 

A public service announcement from AG Schmidt regarding charitable giving is available at https://youtu.be/BwMLXd5lEpg

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