Charity Scam Warnings - WNCT

Charity Scam Warnings

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

In the wake of the Oklahoma tornado, you may want to help those affected in any way you can.

North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall warns North Carolinians about possible charity scams.

Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall stated, "From the records in our Charitable Solicitation Office, we know North Carolinians are always incredibly generous with their dollars and their prayers during times of national tragedies. Unfortunately, unscrupulous promoters know this as well. Making wise giving choices is essential to get the maximum assistance to the people in need."

The Charitable Solicitation Office of North Carolina has issued some tips for those looking to give.

  • Give to established charities such as the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.  You can donate online by clicking on the above links or via text messaging.
  • Be wary of "pop-up" charities that seemingly come out of nowhere and say they can directly help
  • Be aware that emails or Facebook requests asking for donations may not be legitimate.
  • Track the records of existing charities through the Charitable Solicitation Office by clicking here.
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