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Be Alert for Scams When Donating Money for Disaster Relief in Japan
(Published: March 15, 2011)

Secretary of State Tre Hargett urges Tennesseans to use caution when donating money to people who say they are providing aid to victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

“Tennesseans are very generous people who want to help when disasters like this occur,” Secretary Hargett said. “Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous people who will try to take advantage of that generosity. Before making charitable contributions, would-be donors should try to learn as much as they can about individuals and organizations who claim to be raising money for relief efforts.”

Secretary Hargett recommends that people follow a few basic tips when giving, such as: