New York State Attorney General Letitia James is warning residents to be careful as they try to help the Ukrainian people under the Russian invasion.
James warns kind-hearted New Yorkers to beware of fake charities that try to profit from the humanitarian crisis and people’s compassion.
People seeking to help should be careful when donating via social media or other fundraising sites and research the identity of the organizer of the effort.
Beware especially if you are solicited by email. Go directly to that charity’s website without clicking any link to learn more about it.
Donate to charities you know and check details on how donations are spent.
Beware of newly formed organizations. While some may have good intentions, they may not have the experience to achieve their stated goals or may just be complete scams.
Don’t donate untraceable cash and be careful before giving credit card or personal information via text or internet, making sure you know the organization and that their fundraising campaign is legitimate.
If you suspect an organization is misrepresenting its work or a fundraising scam is underway, you can contact the Attorney General’s Office of Charities at [email protected]
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