Beware of scams pretending to be charities

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The Iowa Insurance division is warning people of recent scams going around Iowa.

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Iowa Insurance Division is seeing more and more fraudulent donation accounts. 

Here are some red flags they want you to look out for:

  • Unsolicited emails
  • Social media pitches
  • Crowdfunding pitches
  • Phone calls promoting investment pools or bonds to help storm victims

“There will undoubtedly be fraudulent solicitations for charities in Florence’s wake so it’s important for Iowans to do their research,” said Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen.

The Iowa Department of Justice offers these tips to protect yourself from fundraising and charity abuses:

  • Don’t be fooled by a sympathetic name
  • Ask questions
  • Ask phone solicitors to send written information
  • Say no to high-pressure solicitors
  • Be wary of solicitors thanking you for past contributions you don’t recall
  • Don’t give your credit card or checking account numbers over the phone to someone you don’t know
  • Bottom line: Give wisely!  Giving to a known charity you’re confident about is often the best option

For more tips and information to protect yourself from fundraising and charity scams, click here.

To help taxpayers donate to legitimate charities, the IRS website has a search feature that helps users find or verify qualified charities. 

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