Attorney General warns about charitable scams

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is warning people to watch out for scammers claiming to collect donations for victims of the Joplin tornado.

Koster says scam artists often show up after disasters and pose as charities to collect money from people eager to help. He advises people to be wary of anyone collecting on-the-spot donations or refusing to provide written information about the charitable organization.

The attorney general also recommends using credit cards or checks for making donations so that there is a record of the gift.

People can go to the attorney general’s website to see what percent of a charity’s revenues go toward programs and services versus administration.

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