Attorney General Ashley Moody News Release


October 21, 2019
Contact: Kylie Mason
Phone: (850) 245-0150

CONSUMER ALERT: Wise Giving Tips for International Charity Fraud Awareness Week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—This week is International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, and Attorney General Ashley Moody is encouraging Floridians to give wisely. To kick off the week, Attorney General Moody is issuing a Consumer Alert with tips to help donors avoid common charity fraud schemes.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “When Floridians donate, they want their money to go to a charity that really makes a difference—not a scammer. That is why I am issuing a Consumer Alert to mark the beginning of International Charity Fraud Awareness Week. I want to encourage Floridians to be as generous as they can be to charities and causes that are dear to them, but to also give wisely—by searching the charity’s name online first and checking out the charity’s ratings with groups 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, trustworthy charities with a record of helping those in need.

To help ensure donations go to the stated charitable purpose, please consider the following tips:


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 charity fraud tips and resources for consumers, visit FTC.gov/Charity.

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The Florida Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division issues Consumer Alerts to inform Floridians of emerging scams, new methods used to commit fraud, increased reports of common scams, or any other deceptive practice. Consumer Alerts are designed to notify Floridians about scams and available refunds in an effort to prevent financial losses or other harm caused by deceptive practices. Anyone encountering a scam should report the incident to the Florida Attorney General's Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.