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      Ohio Attorney General warns of veterans?? charity scams

      <font size="2">Donâ??t give your credit card or banking information over the phone to an unexpected caller.</font>
      As Ohioans prepare to honor service members on Veterans Day, Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning donors to beware of veterans?? charity scams and those who make false promises to help veterans.

      ??The majority of veterans?? charities provide excellent services to help veterans and their families,?? Attorney General DeWine said. ??Unfortunately, there are some individuals and organizations that take advantage of the debt of gratitude we feel to our veterans and use the proceeds for their own gain. I encourage Ohioans to be generous, but also take the time to research charities.??

      Thus far in 2013, the Attorney General??s Charitable Law Section has handled six cases involving veterans-related charities, including a civil judgment against a fraudulent veterans?? charity and an agreement with two individuals to stop illegal solicitations on behalf of a legitimate veterans?? charity.

      Signs of a potential scam include:

      - Charities with names that are similar to well-known, nationally recognized charities- High-pressure tactics and requests for immediate donations- Callers who are hesitant or unable to answer questions about the charity- Callers who offer to pick up donations immediately instead of waiting to receive them in the mail

      Ohioans can protect themselves from charitable scams:- Research a charity with the Ohio Attorney General??s Office. You can search on the office??s website to determine whether an organization is in compliance. - Find out how your donation will be used. A reputable organization will welcome inquiries.

      - Request written information. Review the materials carefully, and check the information with an independent resource before making a donation.

      - Review your donations. Don??t give your credit card or banking information over the phone to an unexpected caller. For information about a charity or to file a complaint about a questionable organization, contact the Attorney General??s Office at 800-282-0515.