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Sec. of State Brian Kemp Warns of Scam Artists and Holiday Giving

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Secretary of State Brian Kemp offering advice to Georgians planning to donate to charitable organizations during this year’s holiday season.

Kemp wants donors to make sure any gifts are solicited honestly and used appropriately. Kemp wants to keep Georgians from falling prey to scam artists.

“As we approach the holiday season, Georgians begin looking for ways to lend a helping hand to those in need,” stated Secretary Kemp. “Unfortunately, bad actors view this time of year as the perfect opportunity to scam well-meaning donors. Before you open your checkbook, do your homework to make sure your donation will reach the intended recipients.”

Secretary Kemp issues the following tips for charitable giving to Georgians:

Research charities before you contribute. A number of online resources can help you research.

Take the time to make sure that your money is really going to help those in need.

Ask for detailed information about the charity.  Be wary of telephone or email solicitations for contributions.

Never give your credit card, debit card, or bank account information to a telephone solicitor.

Not all organizations with charitable-sounding names are actually charities. Many organizations adopt names confusingly similar to well-known charities. Be sure you know exactly who is asking for your contribution.

The Charities Division encourages Georgians to contact division staff if they receive suspicious charitable solicitations. To report suspicious activity, call (404) 654-6021. You can also email charities@sos.ga.gov to submit a complaint. 

For more information visit:

http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/charities/as_holidays_near_kemp_issues_tips_for_charitable_giving2

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