Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning people to be aware of potential scams.
During the holiday season, Morrisey said people are more likely to give money to different organizations, but before consumers pull out their wallets, he wants them to be sure the place the money is going is legitimate.
He said there are several ways to make sure the wrong people don’t take advantage of generosity.
“You can go online and see if there is something different about the name of the proposed charity and the actual charity. A lot of times, scammers try to use a charitable name that’s just a little bit different,” Morrisey said. “You can check with the Secretary of State’s Office to get the exact, correct name. And finally, whatever you do, do not provide your personal, identifiable information to people unless you’re positive it’s going for the right purpose. It’s much better to take the time to do this the right way.”
He added if someone gets something in their e-mail that seems like they are being pressured to make a decision right away, it is likely a scam. Morrisey said often times, scammers sent out mass messages hoping a few people might respond.
He said anyone concerned about scams can check out his website: http://www.ago.wv.gov/