Beware of charity scams this holiday season

Posted at 4:51 AM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 06:13:31-05

Sometimes donations don't end up where they're supposed to.

The Maryland Secretary of State's Office is releasing some red flags to look for when making a donation.

One of the warning signs is when the charity doesn't send any literature or financial information about their organization.

Another warning sign is if an invoice or statement for a payment appears on a donation that was never pledged.

Also, a logo that resembles a similar charity with a similar purpose is a cause of concern.

Charities that solicit donations of $25,000 or more must register with the state. 

The Secretary of State's website has a list of registered charities.