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Beware of false charity scams after quake, tsunami

Attorney General, Secretary of State and AARP ElderWatch warn Coloradans to beware of false charity scams after quake, tsunami

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers has joined today with Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler and AARP ElderWatch to warn Coloradans to beware of scams trying to exploit the earthquake and tsunami in Japan as a means to steal their money.

“Although we have not yet received any complaints from consumers, experience tells us that scam artists are quite adept at exploiting current events and natural disasters to prey on consumers desire to help,” Suthers said. “Consumers should always check out any charities soliciting donations.”

“Traditionally, Coloradans have generously contributed to legitimate and worthwhile causes,” Gessler said. “This same spirit of giving should continue only after checking the charity’s financials and following our wise giving tips.”

Coloradans can take several simple steps to make sure that their charitable contributions are helping disaster victims and not lining the pockets of scam artists:

To keep apprised of the latest scams and tips on how not to become a victim, sign up for the Office of the Attorney General’s fraud awareness newsletter at www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/fraudawareness [3]. If consumers believe they have encountered a fraudulent charitable solicitation, they can file a complaint via www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/complaint [4].