Every day, police and firefighters risk their lives to make your community safer. To show your support, you may consider making a donation when a fundraiser calls on behalf of a fire or police service organization. Before you write the check, please consider all the facts concerning Public Safety fundraising appeals.
It is important to find out where your public safety contributions are going. The Attorney General recommends asking the following questions to help ensure that your donation will benefit the people, organization or community you want to help.
Be wary if a fundraiser suggests you'll receive special treatment for donating to a public safety organization. For example, no legitimate fundraiser would guarantee that you won't be stopped for speeding if you have a police organization's decal in your car window. Don't feel intimidated about declining to give. A caller who uses intimidation tactics is likely to be a scam artist. Report the call to your local law enforcement officials and the Office of Attorney General, Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section, at (717) 783-2853.For more information about fundraising-related fraud, contact:Office of Attorney General Charitable Trusts and Organizations Section 15th Floor, Strawberry Square Harrisburg, PA 17120 telephone (717) 783-2853www.attorneygeneral.govorNational Charities Information Bureauwww.give.org
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