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AG Beshear warns of Hurricane Harvey scams

The New York Times

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has issued a scam alert to warn Kentuckians of fake charity scams related to Hurricane Harvey.

Due to the lasting devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Beshear is asking Kentuckians to be wary of scammers attempting to profit from relief efforts.

“The families and communities impacted by this deadly storm deserve our help,” said Beshear. “I am asking generous Kentuckians to please take time and verify a charity before making a donation.”

In Kentucky and across the nation, con artists are using bogus charity names or representing themselves as legitimate charities, in order to collect relief funds that they falsely claim will benefit storm victims.

Beshear said Kentuckians who are not familiar with a charitable organization and how they use their money can verify what percentage of their income goes to the charity’s purpose on http://CharityNavigator.org

The Office of the Attorney General also provides these additional tips on how to avoid a fake charity scam:

•Do not feel pressured to give money or financial information over the phone.

•Beware of sound alike charities and phony websites.

•Be cautious of social media requests for donations. Although some may be legitimate, consumers need to verify before making donations.

•Ask solicitors what percentage of your donation will be given to the relief effort. By law, the solicitor must tell you if you ask. 

Kentuckians who receive a fake charity scam call or online solicitation should contact the Office of the Attorney General at 888-432-9257.

(provided by Office of the Attorney General)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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