Consumer Alert: Charity Relief Scams

March 21, 2011

AUGUSTA – Maine Attorney General William J. Schneider cautions Mainers to be extremely careful about donating to any relief efforts for survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

“Events like this unfortunately can create an opportunity for good-hearted people to be victimized by scammers,” Attorney General Schneider said. “Please be certain that the charity you are contributing to is a legitimate charity and NEVER give any caller your credit card, debit card or bank account information over the phone or over the internet.”

Mainer consumers who wish to determine if a charity is legitimate are encouraged to check the Maine Office of Licensing & Registration at:

www.maine.gov/pfr/professionallicensing/professions/charitable/

or call the Licensing Office at (207)624-8603.

Contact: Brenda Kielty (207) 626-8577