New Jersey officials warning of possible scams when donating to Hawaii fire relief efforts

If you want to donate to relief efforts, New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin says to give to charities you know and trust.

Lanette Espy

Aug 15, 2023, 9:59 AM

Updated 302 days ago

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As rescue efforts continue in the wake of deadly wildfires in Maui, officials in New Jersey are warning about the possibility of charity scams.
More than 90 people have died in the fires in Maui. Officials say the death count will continue to rise. More than 1,300 people are still missing as search crews continue to make their way through neighborhoods.
Red Cross New Jersey says some of its members are helping with relief efforts, providing aid in-person and virtually.
State officials are urging consumers to “Investigate Before You Donate” and avoid fraudulent charitable solicitations for donations to help those affected by the fires.
If you want to donate to relief efforts, New Jersey Attorney General Matt Platkin says to give to charities you know and trust.
“Natural disasters such as the one in Hawaii bring out the best in people, as we seek to help others in their time of need. But for the con artist, this tragedy is just another means to defraud the public,” Platkin said in a statement. “Donors need to be wary of potential scams that divert relief funds into the pockets of fraudsters.”
If the organization is new, officials say to learn as much as you can about it and find out exactly how the charity plans to use your money.
Authorities advise residents to Contact Consumer Affairs’ Charities Hotline at 973-504-6215 or visit the Search for A Charity page to learn about specific charities and confirm that they are registered with the Division, as required by law.


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