Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release


August 29, 2017
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Bondi Warns of Disaster-Relief Charity Scams Following Harvey

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—As Texas continues to feel the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking Floridians who want to help to use caution when donating. Scammers will often use natural disasters to prey on the good intentions of others, but there are steps consumers can take to protect against charity-related scams.

“As Floridians, we know all too well the destruction a massive hurricane can cause and how vital charitable donations are in helping communities recover—but before you give, please take steps to ensure your donation will be used to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey, not a scammer exploiting the goodwill of Floridians,” said Attorney General Bondi.

Anyone wishing to donate can follow these tips to make sure gifts are used to help victims and Texas communities recover from Harvey:

For more information about charity scams and tips to avoid such scams, Attorney General Bondi urges consumers to review the Attorney General’s Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

Consumers who believe they have been a victim of a scam or other fraudulent activity may file a complaint by calling (866) 9-NO-SCAM or by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.