California AG warns of charity scams after Las Vegas shooting

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas massacre the California attorney general is warning residents statewide about sham charities that are soliciting donations.

“Unfortunately, some people try to capitalize on our generosity in times of tragedy. These unscrupulous individuals set up fake charities purporting to help the victims of the tragedy only to line their own pockets,” Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “The California Department of Justice has zero tolerance for disgraceful scam artists, especially during this difficult time. We will do everything we can to hold them accountable.”

The California Attorney General’s Office says it may investigate and bring legal action against charities and fundraisers that misuse donations or engage in fraud. The state attorney general has the primary responsibility for supervising charities and professional fundraisers in California.

State prosecutors recommend that donors check charities’ registration statuses; be aware of social network fundraising, look-alike websites and organizations with similar-sounding names; give to organizations they trust; not be pressured by telemarketers; and ask questions before donating. Anyone who is a victim of a charity scam is encouraged to file a complaint on the AG’s Office website or call (800) 952-5225.