BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Louisiana's Office of Attorney General warns that scammers may try to take advantage of people's generosity this holiday season.
Buddy Caldwell's office advises you give to established groups. If you're unsure about a group's track record, there are several ways to verify. His office suggests visiting GuideStar's website, to find out if the group is registered as a tax-exempt organization. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau, the Louisiana Secretary of State's Corporations Database or the Attorney General's Charitable Registration Section.
Officials also say you should never send cash and advise that you make donations by check or credit card, so you have records for security and for tax purposes.
Caldwell's office also says you shouldn't give into any group that tires to pressure you, saying legitimate charities will give you room to consider a possible donation.
You can report scams by calling the office's Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4899.