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Attorney general offers tips to avoid charity scams

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Phony charities are taking advantage of the devastating situation in Mayflower and Vilonia.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's Consumer Protection Division received reports of at least one charity scam on a crowdfunding website.  

Senior Assistant Attorney General Sarah Tacker said the biggest thing the community can do is ask questions: What are the items or money for, who are they going to and when will the charities deliver them?

Tacker said consumers should also ask the members of the charity to confirm its validity. State law requires most charitable organizations to register with the Attorney General's Office prior to soliciting donations. 

Tacker said scammers will take advantage of any avenue they have, including door-to-door solicitations, social media and crowdfunding websites.

Tacker said scams actually become more prevalent during disaster situations.

"Arkansans are very, very generous and we rally together to help our neighbors," Tacker said. "The scammers really like to take advantage of that generosity."

Tacker said phone counselors, charity specialists and investigators are available to assist anyone who comes across a scam. Consumers can contact them at (800) 482-8982 or charities@ArkansasAG.gov

For more tips and charities the attorney general recommends, visit the following:

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