EASTON, Md. - Many are now wondering what they can do to help these victims, but the Easton Police Department is sending out a warning tonight, while many are eager to lend a hand, this is also a prime time for scam artists. People are likely to set up false charity associations, designed solely to take your money.
They offer the following tips:
- Only donate to a national organization that you are familiar with. There are many national organizations with offices in Maryland.
- Confirm the organization; ask for their name, address, and phone number of the organization's office. Ask of the full name of the caller. You are not compelled to commit to a donation during that call-call back to help validate the organization.
- Ask for the percent of total income the organization will provide to the relief effort/program.
- If still in doubt, research the organization's charity status at Maryland Secretary of State's Office: 1-888-874-0013 or visit their website.
If you believe that you were a victim, contact your local Police Department.