From a News Release by WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey
CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey reminds consumers to use caution as they open their wallets to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

 
“North and South Carolina are home to some of West Virginia’s favorite beaches,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “Our love for the Carolina coast and its residents will spur many people to give. I applaud their generosity, however, I urge everyone to take time and ensure the money they contribute actually goes toward helping the hurricane zone to recover.”
 
Those concerned about the legitimacy of a specific charity or organization should confirm it is registered to solicit donations. That information can be accessed through the Secretary of State’s Office in West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
 
Consumers also can research charities online via www.charitynavigator.org orwww.guidestar.org.
 
Additional tips to keep in mind when giving to disaster relief organizations: Any West Virginian solicited to donate to a charity they think may be fraudulent can contact 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 www.wvago.gov.