Attorney General Ashley Moody News Release
Attorney General Moody Urges Floridians to Give with Their Hearts and Their Heads During International Charity Fraud Awareness Week
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody is encouraging wise giving as the world recognizes International Charity Fraud Awareness Week. ICFAW is a yearly observance focused on preventing charity fraud and ensuring donations go to intended causes. This year’s observance comes as generous people in Florida, and across the country, are looking for ways to help those heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes that have wreaked havoc in Florida and other states along the Gulf of Mexico.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges, but as a fifth-generation Floridian, I know that when disaster hits our state, we stand united to help our neighbors. As we all do our part to help those impacted by COVID-19 and Hurricane Sally, please remember to take steps to ensure donations go toward providing the relief and support you intend.
“In recognition of International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, I am sharing tips and resources to help Floridians give with their heads along with their hearts—to prevent charity fraud and help ensure donations help those in need, not those trying to exploit good-hearted Floridians.”
Attorney General Moody is asking Floridians to follow the tips below before donating to a charity:
Additional tips and information regarding charity fraud and other scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on Attorney General Moody’s Consumer Alert webpage—MyFloridaLegal.com/ConsumerAlert.
Floridians can report charity scams to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com. Charity scams should also be reported to FDACS by calling 1(800) HELP-FLA or visiting FreshFromFlorida.com.