Haiti Relief Scams

North Carolina's attorney general is warning residents to be sure that the money they donate to relief efforts in Haiti isn't actually going to a scam artist.

Attorney General Roy Cooper is asking people to do their homework so their contributions can do the the most good possible.

Cooper's Consumer Protection Division has not yet received complaints from North Carolina consumers about fraudulent fundraising efforts for Haiti relief.

To avoid scams and make sure your donations go to legitimate charities, Cooper warns people not to respond to unsolicited e-mails and text messages asking you to donate. He said people should watch out for pushy telemarketers, don't give cash and protect your personal information.

Cooper also suggests checking out charities before giving. Suggested sites to do that include the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, www.give.org and the
American Institute of Philanthropy, www.charitywatch.org.

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