Mary Alice Reporting:

(Tuesday, November 27th) Ohio – Those donating to a charity organization are being offered tips to detect and recognize if the solicitation is a scam.

Today is known as “Giving Tuesday” as people contribute to organizations during the holiday season and Ohio’s Attorney General is offering protection tips so donors don’t fall victim of a con artist.

Mike DeWine says that, during the last month of the year, there is an increase of organizations seeking contributions and that it’s a prime time for scammers.

Red flags from a person claiming to be from a charity include them offering no information on how the donation will be used, pressure tactics, as well as requesting money, a wire transfer, or a gift card be sent to a person instead of an organization.

“Sometimes these con artists pretend to represent real charities. They’ll call you by phone or they’ll go online, or they’ll be outside stores or malls and they make vague, phony claims about supporting a worthwhile cause. They get the money and of course, the money goes into their pocket.”

Tips to avoid becoming a scam victim include researching charities and developing a donation plan for vetted charities.

Additional information can be found online at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov.

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