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* Sonoma County DA’s Office Warns Residents Beware of Fundraising Scammers

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The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office is warning county residents to beware of possible fundraising scams involving door-to-door solicitors. Residents are advised to think twice before handing over money to anyone asking for donations for fictional charities or for organizations they do not work for, according to the district attorneys’ office.

good rule of thumb to avoid being scammed, according to county officials, is to ask for the aid organization’s name, address, phone number and written information about its programs. A solicitor who is legitimately working for an organization should easily be able to provide this information.

The district attorney’s office also urges people to be wary of charities that spring up in connection with current events or natural disasters and to call the charity, if it exists, to find out whether the organization knows of the solicitor.

In addition, residents are encouraged to reject high-pressure sales pitches by simply closing the door or hanging up the phone.  The public can research charities before deciding to donate by using the “Charity Research Tool” on the California Attorney General’s charities web page, oag.ca.gov/charities.

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