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Louisiana Attorney General's Office warns of Hurricane Scams

Posted at 7:51 AM, Sep 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-01 13:40:04-04

The Louisiana Attorney General's Office is warning citizens of charity fraud scams in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

"While natural disasters can bring out the best in most people, they unfortunately can bring out the worst in others as well,” said Attorney General Landry. “So many of our neighbors need help; and with that in mind, I encourage all Louisianans to make sure their donations are actually going to those in need."

The AG's Office is offering tips on what to look for before making a charitable donation:

  • Be wary of charities that arise immediately after a natural disaster. Learn more about a charity's trustworthiness at the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.
  • Avoid cash donations if possible. Pay by credit card or write a check directly to the charity.
  • Before clicking on a link to donate online, make sure you know who is receiving your donation. Visit the FTC's Donating Through Crowdfunding, Social Media, and Fundraising Platforms for more information.
  • Trust your gut. If you see any red flags, or if you're not sure about how a charity will use your donation, consider giving to a different one.

Consumers that suspect fraud or abuse can contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud at 866-720-5721.

Additional tips and resources may be found at Information is also available from the Better Business Bureau here.

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