Attorney General Ashley Moody News Release


December 2, 2019
Contact: Kylie Mason
Phone: (850) 245-0150

Attorney General Moody Issues Tips to Avoid Charity Fraud Ahead of Giving Tuesday
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, and Attorney General Ashley Moody is encouraging Floridians to give to legitimate charities and organizations. Last year, online donations on Giving Tuesday topped $380 million. With many Floridians making charitable donations through the end of the year, it is important to know how to avoid giving to fake or illegitimate charitable entities.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “The holiday season is a very popular time of the year to give to charities and worthwhile causes. Giving Tuesday reminds us to take a pause amidst the holiday shopping and think of those who are less fortunate. I want to encourage Floridians to give generously, but also to give wisely—by researching the charity’s name online first and checking out the charity’s ratings with organizations like the Better Business Bureau.”

Illegitimate charities hurt communities by taking donor money under false pretenses and diverting it away from legitimate organizations. Attorney General Moody encourages Floridians to donate to established, trusted charities with a record of helping those in need.

Attorney General Moody recently released the 2019 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide. The guide includes tips to help ensure donations go to the stated charitable purpose, such as:
To download a free copy of the 2019 Holiday Consumer Protection Guide, click here.

To report charitable solicitation scams or fraud to the Florida Attorney General’s Office, call 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or file a complaint online at MyFloridaLegal.com.

For more tips to avoid being a victim of a charity scam, as well as additional resources for consumers, visit FTC.gov/Charity.