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Guam AG warns Lib Day may fuel phony charity pitches

Guam joins federal push to combat fraudulent charities

The Office of the Guam Attorney General has joined the Federal Trade Commission, law enforcement officials and charity regulators from every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, and Puerto Rico in announcing “Operation Donate with Honor,” a sweeping new donor education campaign to help donors spot and avoid fundraising solicitations that falsely promise their donations will help veterans and service members. The new campaign is being released in conjunction with announcements of new and recent law enforcement actions by the FTC and many states and territories.

[Video from the FTC on this issue here.]

“As we approach the 74th Guam Liberation Day, we should be mindful of the legacy of the U.S. Armed Forces and all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the liberation of our island and the promotion of freedom worldwide. Every year, grateful members of our community repay the sacrifices made by those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces with contributions to charities that promise to deliver needed help and services to veterans and service members. Most of these charities live up to fundraising promises, but there are a few that attract donations by misrepresentation and undelivered promises. It is important that we participate with the FTC and National Association of State Charity Officials in bringing awareness to the public,” said Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson.

When donating to charity, among other things, Barrett-Anderson advises:

  • Don’t rely on a sympathetic sounding name to make a donation

  • Ask for the charity’s name, website, and physical location