Attorney General Morrisey Reminds Consumers to Give Wisely To Charities During Holidays

Updated 1 year ago From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds consumers to exercise caution when giving to charities this holiday season.
“This time of year is a popular time for charities to seek donations,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Before you give, make sure it is going to the desired charity.”
Anyone with questions about the legitimacy of a charity or organization can review the Secretary of State’s website to see if the charity is registered to solicit donations in West Virginia. Consumers may also research the charity on websites such as or
Those making an online contribution should make sure the website starts with https:// when visiting the donation portal. This verifies a secure connection, making it less likely for personal information to be stolen.
Additional tips to keep in mind during the season of giving are:
  • Never feel pressured to donate immediately.
  • Be wary of charities that ask for donations in cash or via wire transfer.
  • If the organization is unfamiliar, gather as much information as possible and do research.
  • Be suspicious if organizations will not give additional information about its mission, how donations are used or proof that a contribution is tax deductible.
  • If a donation request is for a local chapter of an organization, verify it is authorized to solicit funds on behalf of the parent organization.
  • Go directly to the charity or organization’s website instead of clicking on a link to the desired group.
  • Keep records. Contributions exceeding $250 should result in a returned letter confirming the charitable status of the organization as well as the amount of the donation.
Anyone who feels as though they have been scammed while giving to a charity should call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-368-8808, the Eastern Panhandle Consumer Protection Office in Martinsburg at 304-267-0239 or visit the office online at  
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