Beware of scam charities during the season of giving

Posted at 2:59 PM, Nov 19, 2018

The season of giving is here, but make sure you are giving to the right people this year! 

Secretary of State John Wobensmith wants to warm Marylanders about scam charities and deceptive practices. He says scam artists tend to surface around this time and prey upon generous hearts. 

An easy way to make sure you are giving to the right organizations is by checking with the Office of the Secretary of State before donating. All charities that solicit money in Maryland must register with them before asking for donations. You can check out the charity list by clicking here. 

Also, make sure you are looking out for red flags like the ones listed below:

  • Did the organization refuse to send you written material or financial information?
  • Did the solicitor offer to send a person to collect your contribution?
  • Did the charity send you an invoice or statement that indicates a payment due for a contribution you never pledged?
  • Does the organization’s name and logo closely resemble another charity with a similar purpose?

If you think you have been a victim of a scam report it to the Secretary of State's Office by calling 410-260-3859 or 800-825-4510.