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(Golden, CO – September 17, 2013) In the aftermath of the devastation caused by recent floods across our State, First Judicial District Attorney Peter Weir is warning consumers about the potential for charitable fraud.
“When disaster strikes people naturally feel compelled to do something to help, particularly when it happens so close to home,” says DA Weir, “People want to donate their money where it will do the most good and help the most people. As unthinkable as it is, there will be fraudulent attempts to solicit money on behalf of those whose lives are in ruin. Most charities are honorable and legitimate but some of the urgent appeals to consumers may not be on the up-and-up. People should take care as they make their giving choices.”
Before giving to charities make certain you know who you are donating to and how the money will be spent. Determine if the charity is registered by the Secretary of State.
Charities are exempt from the No-Call List, so consumers may receive calls from telemarketers asking for donations. We also see email becoming a more popular method of solicitations for charitable contributions. Regardless of how you are contacted, do your homework before you make your giving decisions:
Learn what you can about the charity. Ask for written information to be sent to you. The information should contain the company name, address, telephone number, information concerning how the money will be used and proof that your contribution is tax deductible. If the business is not tax deductible, it is not a charity.
For more information or if you have concerns, contact your local police or sheriff’s economic crime unit. In Jefferson County you can contact law enforcement, DA Fraud Hotline at 303-271-6980, or the DA’s Fraud Specialist at 303-271-6931.
September 17, 2013
Administration & Courts Facility 100 Jefferson County Parkway Golden, Colorado 80419 (303) 279-6511
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