For Immediate Release
December 21, 2012
Terry M. Knowles, Assistant Director
Charitable Trusts Unit
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney announces that his office has received reports from Connecticut of fraudulent appeals for donations to the families and victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. While the Attorney General's Office has not received any complaints regarding questionable solicitation efforts in New Hampshire, the Attorney General urges consumers to be wary of phone calls seeking aid contributions and should discontinue any conversations with a caller that is using high-pressure tactics to request an immediate donation. Consumers should ask for solicitation materials in writing.
Attorney General Delaney recommends that consumers never provide personal financial information including social security numbers, dates of birth, and bank account numbers. If the consumer did not initiate the call, the consumer should not provide a credit card number either. Additionally, sending cash through the mail is not advised. If the solicitation is conducted over the internet, avoid clicking on links or opening attachments contained within the e-mail, even if the attachments are supposedly pictures of the families of victims because the attachments could be viruses.
During this holiday season, we encourage all New Hampshire citizens to give to the charities of their choice, but please give wisely. Be sure to evaluate a charity carefully before giving to it by contacting the Attorney General's Charitable Trusts Unit at (603) 271-3591. Further information on charities can be accessed at the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Bureau, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator, and by visiting the Attorney General's Charitable Trusts Unit's website at: http://www.doj.nh.gov/charitable-trusts/index.htm.
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