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State Police Warn of Charity Fraud in Hurricane’s Wake

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Charitable giving normally increases in the wake of natural disasters like Hurricane Florence, but the Pennsylvania State Police are warning consumers to be careful with their giving.

Disasters like hurricanes can make people easy targets for fraudulent schemes masquerading as disaster relief.

Police warn people to never give their personal, banking, or credit card information over an unsolicited phone call. They also say that legitimate charities don’t normally ask for donations in cash, gift cards, or money transfers, and that government agencies will never ask you to verify information or request payments over the phone.

Those wanting to donate to disaster relief are advised to research charities through sites like give.org, charitynavigator.org, or charitywatch.org.

More tips on avoiding disaster relief scams can be found in the State Police’s full press release, which we are posting below.

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