ATTORNEY GENERAL MADIGAN WARNS DONORS TO BE WARY OF SCAMS TIED TO OKLAHOMA TORNADO RELIEF
Madigan Urges Illinois Contributors to Research Charities Before Donating
Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged Illinois residents who want to donate to charitable efforts to help the victims of Monday’s devastating tornado in Oklahoma to watch out for fundraising scams by con artists seeking to exploit the disaster for their personal profit.
“In the wake of such devastation, people understandably want to do what they can to help people in need,” Madigan said. “Unfortunately, scam artists try to take advantage of this goodwill. I urge Illinois residents who want to make charitable contributions to research organizations before making a donation to ensure it will directly benefit the victims in Oklahoma.”
Under Illinois law, fundraisers and charitable organizations are required to register each year with the Attorney General’s office. To assist potential donors in making wise giving decisions, Attorney General Madigan provides important information about charitable organizations such as income, expenditures and programs.
Attorney General Madigan suggested the following tips to ensure a donation will be used for its intended purpose:
Madigan encouraged donors to contact her office’s Charitable Trust Bureau to report suspicious solicitations at (312) 814-2595. The Attorney General recommended that, if possible, when solicitors call, keep notes detailing the date and time of the call, the organization’s name and the name of the solicitor. Madigan also advised consumers to try remembering the “pitch” as well as any other pertinent information so that it is easier to track the scam.