Beware of scams during virus crisis
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra recently issued a consumer alert to warn Californians about fraudulent charities during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. Attorney General Becerra reminded all Californians to do their research before submitting donations to any charity, especially during a time of crisis.
Check registration status – Confirm that the charity is registered and up-to-date with their financial reporting by searching the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts at www.oag.ca.gov/charities.
Give to organizations you trust – Research charities in your community and support those charities that make a positive impact.
Don’t be pressured by telemarketers – Ask for the name of the fundraising organization, if it’s registered, and the name of the charity benefitting from the solicitation (and check directly with them).
Be cautious of look-alike websites – Similar looking URLs are sometimes purchased to lure in would-be donors.
Be wary of social networking and crowdfunding websites.
Protect your identity – never give your social security number or credit card information to an organization unfamiliar to you.
If you or others you know are victims of a charity scam, file a complaint on the AG’s website at oag.ca.gov/report.