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How Can I Best Avoid Charity Fraud?

Submitted by Doug Doe on Mon, 06/06/2016 - 5:15pm
  • Donate only to charities that you know and trust
  • Be wary of charities that seem to have been formed specifically in response to a particular disaster
  • Contact the Oklahoma Secretary of State to find out if the charity is registered in Oklahoma. Contact the SOS at (405) 521-3912 or search charitable organization listings online at www.sos.ok.gov/charity/.
  • Ask for written information regarding the solicitor’s charity
  • Listen carefully to the name of the charity. Scam artists often claim to be associated with a charity that mimics the name of a well-known organization
  • Be wary of solicitors that use high pressure or aggressive tactics, ask for donations in cash or promise prizes

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