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[ATG] Zoeller warns of charity scams after typhoon in Philippines
Start Date: 11/14/2013 All Day
End Date: 11/14/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS – Many legitimate charitable groups are springing into action after the recent typhoon struck the Philippines, but Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said so are scammers.

"Hoosiers have always reached out to help those in need and this provides an opportunity for those who will once again try to turn consumers’ good will into a profit,” Zoeller said. “During times of tragedy, it is even more important to be smart and make sure your donations are supporting legitimate relief efforts.”

Zoeller encouraged the public to verify relief organizations are reputable before donating to avoid being ripped off. The Attorney General’s office offers five tips for consumers to consider before making a donation:

-     Donate to established organizations with a track record of organizing and providing disaster relief;

-     Initiate the donation yourself, rather than responding to online, direct mail or phone solicitations asking for money;

-     Watch out for charities with similar sounding names. Some phony charitable organizations use names that are very similar to those of respected organizations.

-     Pay by check. Don’t send cash or a wire transfer as these are common ways scammers use to rip-off victims and avoid detection by law enforcement; and

-     Visit to assist in identifying legitimate relief organizations and determine how much of their donations are used to help victims rather than on administrative overhead. has already made a list of legitimate charitable organizations providing relief to typhoon victims at

For more information on avoiding charitable scams or to file a consumer complaint visit

Contact Information:
Name: Erin Reece
Phone: 317.232.0168
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