W.Va. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, along with several domestic and international partners, kicked off International Charity Fraud Awareness Week on Monday, October 19.
According to a statement released by the AG’s office on Monday, “The international effort offers tips for wise giving with the hope of helping charities and consumers avoid charity fraud. This year’s initiative, which runs Monday, October 19, to Friday, October 23, also features cybersecurity and data security tips for nonprofits.”
“Many consumers choose to donate to charitable causes,” Morrissey said. “I commend and encourage this generosity. However, we also must exercise caution. Failing to protect information can lead to identity theft and financial fraud, so it’s important to consider the tips offered by this week’s joint awareness initiative.”
Along with Morrisey’s statement, the AG’s office also released a list of tips for the identification and prevention of potential fraud, including taking the time necessary to verify an organization’s legitimacy via the W.Va. Secretary of State’s office.
Additional information about International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, as well as more tips for avoiding becoming the victim of a fraudulent charity are available by visiting the Attorney General’s website at www.wvago.gov.