NC Secretary of State warns of charity scams

Scam alert


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – Watch out for charity scams in the wake of recent natural disasters.  That’s the warning from Secretary of State, Elaine Marshall.

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“The giving public in North Carolina is always generous when we see people whose homes and lives have been devastated by disaster,” Secretary Marshall said on Tuesday. “Please remember that with a little homework we can all make sure our charitable dollar does the maximum good for people in need. Sadly, natural disasters do draw out scam charities hoping to prey on the public’s goodwill. These fakes not only steal from the people making contributions, they rob disaster victims of vitally needed resources.”

From the floods in Louisiana to the earthquake in Italy, many people may be wondering how to help.

Secretary Marshall advises people to consider looking up the websites of established charities with resources in the affected region and giving to them directly rather than responding to high pressure solicitations received through social media, texts, or email.

The Secretary of State’s Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division encourages everyone to visit the charities section of to check out groups soliciting you for donations and make sure they are legitimate charities.

Charity Navigator also has a list of charities assisting relief efforts in Louisiana and Italy.

Secretary of State staffers are sending donations of canned goods, cleaning supplies and gift cards this week to help Louisiana Secretary of State staffers who have been hard hit by the flooding in the Baton Rouge area.