How to watch out for charity scams

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- You want to help people in need, but be sure that your donation is going where you think it is.

Charity is a $335 billion industry and we need to understand where gifts are going.

Always check out an unfamiliar charity. You can go to the Arkansas Attorney General Site and see if that charity is registered.

More helpful tips:

  • Ask for written information.
  • Be aware of sound-alikes.
  • Ask about the caller's relation to the charity.
  • Be wary of requests to support police, firefighters, and veterans.
  • Be especially cautious after natural or other disasters.
  • Be proactive and purposeful. Always go directly to the charity. You do not need a middleman.

Another good site is to obtain information.


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