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Beware of Hurricane Harvey Scams!
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
In a time of national crisis like Hurricane Harvey, our natural instincts are to feel compassion and want to help. Our hearts surely go out to all those affected and who will be dealing with the challenges ahead for a long time. That said, we urge you to be cautious and to do your homework before making disaster relief donations.
"Disasters that attract national attention are often used by scammers to create fake charities and crowdfunding campaigns to rip off people who want to support a worthy cause," said Attorney General Rosenblum. "They did it after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, and they will try once again after Hurricane Harvey. If you're looking for a way to give, do your research to ensure your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised - and as you intend." There are certain red-flags that should alert you to the likelihood you're being duped by a bogus charity. Review the following checklist when dealing with a possible charity to ensure you aren't being scammed:
The Oregon Department of Justice, a national leader in policing charities, licenses and regulates more than 20,000 non-profits. Anyone who thinks they may have been contacted by a scammer should call the Department of Justice's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-877-877-9392 or go to the Oregon Department of Justice web site: www.oregonconsumer.gov.