Texas Attorney General Says Beware of Scams Regarding Japan Relief Efforts

In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that have caused so much destruction in Japan, the attorney general of Texas is cautioning Texans to carefully vet relief organizations before making a donation. Among the tips from the attorney general:

• Make sure the relief organization is legitimate. Ask for credentials, including the name and phone number of the organization.

• Find out how the donation will be used.

• Never give a credit card or bank account number to an unknown solicitor.

• Never give a cash donation.

• Write a check to the charity directly, and get a receipt.

• For information about specific relief operations, contact the American Institute of Philanthropy, or AIP. The website is at http://www.charitywatch.org .

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