Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Natural disasters, such as the devastating earthquake in Nepal, often result in many looking for ways to help those in need.

Unfortunately, they can also result in scammers trying to cash in on your generosity.

Our office partnered with the BBB and Secretary of State Kym Wyman to provide Washingtonians with tips to avoid being scammed by fake charities:

 

  • Steer clear of high-pressure demands. Take time to research charities and contact potential charities directly.
  • Use trustworthy charities. Be sure the charity is equipped and has the resources necessary to help with disaster relief.
  • Avoid cash donations. Never give personal information or money to a telephone or email solicitor.
  • Double-check. Watch for “pop-up” charities with unverifiable background and contact information.
  • Block social media pleas. Be wary of requests from fake victims or memorial social media accounts.

 

For more tips on giving wisely, check the Secretary of State’s website or call 1-800-332-4483. If you’ve been a victim of a charity scam, file a complaint here and report it to BBB.

Comments (2)

Subject: Donate In Nepal.
Comment: 
Everyone should donate in Nepal.Nicely written article.Thanks for sharing.
Posted By : Angel Lisa at 05/11/2015 at 9:11am
Subject: Scams
Comment: 
Everyone know that these type of places where disaster just happened, need charity, but the problem is people misuse the money and that is the big problem. In these days, I find lots of scam stories; it is like every 100th person is a scammer. The problem is these people not want to work hard, they just want to make money in a quick way and scam is the only way to fulfill their desire. I don't understand only one thing that why people believe and fall in for these type of Scams. We can't help each and every person in this world, but we can share this information with everyone.
Posted By : Olivia Solon at 08/22/2015 at 12:07am

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