For Immediate Release
March 14, 2011
James T. Boffetti, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney today issued some tips to New Hampshire citizens, who chose to respond to the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, to help avoid Internet scams and frauds. "The people of New Hampshire are extraordinarily generous with charitable gifts and have a right to be informed in their gift giving," Attorney Delaney said. New Hampshire citizens should ask a number of questions of those soliciting contributions to ensure a gift is going to a legitimate charity and not lining a scammer's pocket. It is important for people to be alert, apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to requests for financial donations, especially unsolicited requests. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause.
Therefore, before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including the following:
If you suspect that you have been contacted by a scam group posing as a relief organization, please report it to the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau of the Attorney General's Office at 1-888-468-4454 or file a complaint at http://www.egov.nh.gov/consumercomplaint/. If you have a question about a charity operating in this State, please contact Audrey Blodgett in the Attorney General's Charitable Trusts Unit at (603) 271-3591.
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