Give Wisely in this Season of Good Will

Wednesday, December 10, 2003
For most people, the holidays are a time for generosity and sharing. Unfortunately, for scam artists, these kind feelings are just another opportunity to try and skim more than their share off the top. Give, but give wisely. Read about charities on our Web site at www.oag.state.tx.us/consumer/charities.shtml.

Do not provide your credit card information to anyone who solicits you by phone, no matter how convincing or heart-wrenching the appeal is. Beware also of scams that use spam: an email solicitation may direct you to what appears to be a legitimate web site for a charity, when in fact it is a very good imitation. Do your own research to ensure that you are giving to a real charity.

Some companies promote causes by contributing a percentage of product sales to a specific charity. Be careful about buying a product just because some of your dollars are going to a charity. The product may be overpriced and/or the contribution may be very small. You can always just contact the charity independently to make a direct contribution.

NO LEGITIMATE BUSINESS WILL ASK FOR YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, BANK INFORMATION OR OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION VIA WEB SITE OR EMAIL. Make your generous gifts count: give with care. Have a safe and joyful holiday.

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Greg Abbott
Attorney General of Texas

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