Donate wisely and avoid charity scams

July 19, 2018

While most charities are focused on doing good work, some sham groups only pretend to do good work. They collect donations for worthy-sounding causes, but they do little or nothing to support that cause.


In one recent case, a group called “Help the Vets” was found to have collected millions of dollars in donations while making false claims about providing medical care and other services to wounded veterans. Investigators found that such programs largely didn’t exist and that most of the money went to fundraisers who were paid to collect donations.


To donate wisely and avoid scams:


Suspected charity scams should be reported to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 800-282-0515. The Ohio Attorney General’s Charitable Law Section investigates suspected violations of the state’s charitable laws and pursues enforcement actions to protect Ohio donors.