Craig Briefs: Beware of fraudulent flood relief collectors
September 25, 2013
The Craig Police Department is advising citizens to be cautious when donating money to organizations that claim to be collecting funds to help provide relief to the victims of the recent floods in Colorado, according to a press release.
A number of legitimate groups exist that easily can be checked out to insure that they are valid organizations. The Salvation Army and Red Cross are trusted names and the media groups in the Denver area are good sources for information.
One Craig business recently found that its business phone number had, for lack of a better explanation, been "hacked." Customers calling the business were immediately transferred to someone in California who would answer and inform the caller that they were taking donations for Colorado flood victims.
The business notified the phone company, but no further information was obtained that would identify those involved in this activity.
In addition, be cautious of groups that solicit through phone calls and check them out thoroughly before giving any personal information or donations.
If you have any concerns about the group you might be donating to, you also can visit the Colorado Secretary of State's website at http://www.sos.state.co.us/ccsa/CcsaInquiryMain.do to inquire.
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