Use your head when following your heart in giving money for tornado recovery: Tragedy brings out the best in some people, the worst in others — and charity fraud and other scams always pop up after a bad storm.
“For those folks around the country who want to donate funds to help families in Oklahoma, please be alert and only donate to reputable relief charities such as the Salvation Army or the Red Cross,” state Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.
“The first scam we typically see after devastation like this is charity fraud. We have more than 30 investigators in the field to help Oklahomans avoid scams, fraud and price gouging as communities work to recover and rebuild.”
Anyone who suspects charity fraud or finds price gouging at gas stations, grocery stores, rental car companies or hotels should call the AG's hotline immediately at 521-2029.
Over the next few weeks, “criminals will shift focus to scams involving cleanup, removal, home repair and tree trimming,” Pruitt said. “Home and business owners will want to quickly repair their property, but we urge them to be cautious and patient and to use reputable contractors.
“We ask that residents pay particular attention to criminals known as ‘travelers' who go from one community to the next to take advantage of vulnerable Oklahomans.”