Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released six tips this week to help Arkansas families avoid “scam charities” when they want to make donations to one.

Rutledge’s six tips include:

Real charities won’t rush you to donate so ask questions before giving and make sure that you are comfortable that the charity is a truth worthy organization.

Research the charity online and ask the charity for written information about them.

Call the charity on the number they provide to make sure that they are not a scam.

Always make donations using a credit card or a check for security and tax purposes.

Look up charities on the Arkansas Charities Database at Arkansas.gov

Look up the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) video at consumer.ftc.gov that highlights the tips on how to research legitimate charities.

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