Don't Get Burned by Fake Fire Charities

Zach Behrens at LAist picks up on the warnings already coming out of Jerry Brown's office. Cyclical disasters breed cyclical scams. Behren's notes the state attorney general has set up a pair of Web sites to deal with fraudsters -- one for Giving Wisely and another for Complaints about bogus charities. Among the AG's tips:

  • Listen closely to the name of the group and beware of "copycat" names that sound like reputable charities.

  • Don't give through email solicitations. Clicking on an email may lead you to a site that looks real but is established by identity thieves seeking to obtain money or personal information.

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  • Do not give cash.


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