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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  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Jan 15, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    You should also mention the Relief Scam that is being run by the White House. I encourage folks to give what they can to help the people in Haiti, but don't give it through the Government! The people of Haiti will receive far more of your assistance if it comes through the Red Cross, Salvation Army or some other well known charitable organization.
  • by Pcantan Location: north carolina on Jan 15, 2010 at 11:20 AM
    In regards to the first comment made, you are quick to blame President Obama, that's right, "PRESIDENT" OBAMA. Look into your own pockets and bless with what the Lord has given you instead of worrying about the depth of someone's pocket. Now is not the time to blame but to help. Once you do that, watch how your blessings will increase. President Obama is doing his job. Do yours!!
  • by Back Location: Greenville on Jan 15, 2010 at 07:10 AM
    Send nothing until someone can tell us where the more than $3 billion is that has been sent to them since 1992 with NOTHHING to show for it. Hey obama; you gonna call us arrogant STILL after ALL the money and resources we send to countries in need? Your personal pockets are pretty deep; why don't you send 1 year of your pay to them. You love to talk the talk but have not yet should us you can walk the walk. IMO

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