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Secretary of State warns Washingtonians about giving to fake charities

UPDATED: NOVEMBER 30, 2021 AT 1:58 PM
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While it’s the season for charitable giving, it’s also the season for scammers.

Are you among the 11.5% of Americans not buying holiday gifts in 2021?

On “Giving Tuesday,” the Office of the Secretary of State in Washington is encouraging people to “give smart” this holiday season and ensure their donations go to the intended causes.

“GIVESMART!” offers resources to help Washingtonians — as well as senior centers, retirement communities, and civic and nonprofit organizations — protect themselves from being victimized by fake charities and fundraisers. The campaign is a collaboration between the secretary of state’s corporations and charities division and the state attorney general’s office.

Available resources include an info sheet, a trifold brochure, and questions for telephone solicitations checklist. There is also a new guide for online giving.

Mayfield: Focusing less on money and more on giving

The biggest tips to consider before donating are: