Attorney General Ashley Moody News Release
VIDEO CONSUMER ALERT: Avoid Charity Scams When Donating to Hurricane Ian Recovery Efforts
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert warning donors about charity scams that may appear as Hurricane Ian recovery efforts continue. The devastation caused by Ian is heartbreaking, and generous Floridians are looking for ways to help those displaced by the storm. Unfortunately, scammers may prey on donors by creating fake charities to steal money intended for those desperately in need.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The outpouring of help and support for those displaced by Ian is heartwarming—and we hope people continue to give. However, scammers often take advantage of disasters in an effort to steal charitable donations. Please do your research before giving and consider donating to well-established charities such as FloridaDisasterFund.org. Being proactive with your donation is one of the best steps you can take to guard against charity fraud.”
Attorney General Moody is providing the following tips for Floridians to avoid scammers trying to take advantage of the disaster caused by the hurricane to steal donations:
When looking to give through crowdsourcing platforms, below are a few steps Floridians can take to protect their donations:
For additional information and tips for donating safely, check out Attorney General Moody’s Scams at a Glance: Charity Scams resource. To view, click here.
Floridians can report charity scams to the Florida Attorney General’s Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.