Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs today issued a Consumer Alert to prevent scammers from taking advantage of residents this holiday season.
Residents are encouraged to be on the lookout for charities that:
Residents are also urged to be especially careful with any charity using “police”, “firefighter” or “veterans” in their name. Quite often they have no connection to any legitimate organizations. Residents should also be wary of solicitations to help victims of a recent disaster, including Hurricane Sandy, the Philippine typhoon and Midwest tornadoes.
Take the following precautions:
Make sure your contribution is actually going to assist people in need. Legitimate charities donate 60% to 99% of the funds they collect while others utilize the money to pay salary expenses and administrative fees. Residents can determine how charities spend donations by visiting, www.charitynavigator.org or by calling (201) 818-1288. Residents can also visit www.charitywatch.org or call (773) 529-2300.