The state offices of the attorney general and department of consumer protection are warning people about donating to charities after a telemarketing company, InfoCision Management, used by 30 nonprofit groups to solicit donations, was accused of keeping almost 80 percent of donations.
Here’s their advice to make sure you’re giving your money to a legitimate cause:
>> Ask for written information about the charity or the donations being sought. Look them up on the Internet and check with DCP to make sure they are registered. If not, don’t contribute.
>> Donate to recognized charities with a history, and beware of those with names similar to well-known organizations.
>> Don’t give or send cash, and don’t be pressured to provide bank card, credit card or other personally identifiable information over the telephone. Tell callers you need to check out the request before you contribute.
>> Be wary if prizes are offered for donations.
>> Don’t be afraid to hang up, or to ask the solicitor not to call again. If approached in person, ask for identification and written information.