LITTLE ROCK — Arkansans have some of the most generous hearts when they see a neighbor or a fellow American struggling, but Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recently issued a reminder about the importance of staying vigilant and doing research when donating to a charity for the first time.

“Arkansas is just one big small town and the fantastic people of our state have a giving spirit, especially when it comes to our men and women in uniform,” Rutledge said in a news release. “It is my job to ensure generous Arkansans are not taken advantage of by con artists looking to make a quick buck on tragedies.”

Rutledge released the following tips to help consumers ensure an organization’s legitimacy before giving money:

• Ask questions before giving. Only give when comfortable that the donation will support a trustworthy organization or activity. Refuse high-pressure appeals. Legitimate charities will not rush a donation.

•Ask…

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