Attorney General warns everyone about fake charities

In the wake of recent national disasters the attorney general’s office is warning consumers to be aware of fake charities. Several new fake charities have been banned in North Dakota.

The attorney general says they have recently just banned these supposed non-profit corporations:

  • American Cancer Society of North Dakota
  • American Cancer Society of Bismarck and
  • American Cancer Society for Children of North Dakota

He says they found that these so called charities were using similar names to the real American Cancer Society  to deceive people into making donations, and that none of the money they received actually went to the American Cancer Society.

The Attorney General says while they successfully have shut down these fake charities they are still urging people to be alert.

“There will be others that will follow and we are making sure they are actually registered and the money is actually going to where it is supposed to be going to,” says Stenehjem.

It is the season of giving though, but before you do here’s a few things you can do to avoid getting scammed.

First if a charity ever wants you to donate with cash, gift card, or money wiring don’t do it. They say if you are going to donate pay with a credit card or check this might help you get your money back if it is a scam. Before making a donation online make sure you know who is receiving your donation.

They say some scammers try and trick you into paying them by thanking you for your donation beforehand. Most importantly they say don’t ever feel rushed into making a donation that’s another tactic scammers will use.

“That’s why we encourage people to do your research. Anybody that is collecting charitable contributions in North Dakota has to be registered with the secretary of state, so a good first step is the website for the secretary of state of North Dakota to see if they are registered in the first place,” says Stenehjem.

For a complete list of scams and what you can do to avoid them click here. 

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