MANGANO ISSUES CONSUMER ALERT FOR HOLIDAY CHARITY SOLICITATIONS
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive
Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs
today issued a Consumer Alert to prevent scammers from taking
advantage of residents this holiday season.
Residents are encouraged to be on the lookout for charities that:
- Use a name that is very similar to a well-known charity.
- Thank you for a donation you never made.
- Use high-pressure sales tactics or emotional pleas to get you
to donate immediately.
Residents are also urged to be especially
careful with any charity using “police”, “firefighter” or “veterans” in
their name. Quite often they have no connection to any legitimate
organizations. Residents should also be wary of solicitations
to help victims of a recent disaster, including Hurricane Sandy,
the Philippine typhoon and Midwest tornadoes.
Take the following precautions:
- Never provide your credit card or bank account information
until you check out the charity.
- Ask for the charity’s name, address and phone number. Search
online and look for a history of scams and complaints.
- Check to see if the charity is registered in New York State
by calling (212) 416-8401 or log on to http://www.charitiesnys.com/RegistrySearch/search_charities.jsp
ake sure your contribution is actually going
to assist people in need. Legitimate charities donate 60% to 99% of the funds they
collect while others utilize the money to pay salary expenses and
administrative fees. Residents can determine how charities
spend donations by visiting, www.charitynavigator.org or
by calling (201) 818-1288. Residents can also
visit www.charitywatch.org or
call (773) 529-2300.