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5 Tips Before You Give: AR Attorney General Says Check Your Charities

LITTLE ROCK – Less than one day after deadly storms hit central Arkansas, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s Consumer Protection Division says reports are coming in of phony charities taking advantage of the situation.
LITTLE ROCK – Less than one day after deadly storms hit central Arkansas, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s Consumer Protection Division says reports are coming in of phony charities taking advantage of the situation.

At least one scam was identified on a crowd-funding website where people can solicit donations for any purpose.

He's got these five ways to make sure storm-relief donations go to those who need it most:

1. Confirm the validity of the charity. Go to ArkansasAG.gov for a list of those charities registered with the state of Arkansas.

2. Be cautious of donating to sites promoted solely through social media.

3. Double-check crowd-funding sites. These accounts are easy for scammers to create.

4. Give to a trusted organization. Local churches and relief groups like the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are already on the ground helping those affected.

5. Make donations through a secure website. A simple way to check for security is to make sure that “https” is listed in the URL (web address).


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