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Consumers being warned about scam charity claiming to benefit veterans

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- The public is being warned about a phone scam that claims to benefit veterans. 

Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear says his officer has gotten several reports about calls from the "Coalition for Veterans of America."  The caller claims to be seeking donations to cover Veterans Affairs medical bills and to aid homeless vets. 

In a statement, Beshear's Office of Senior Protection issued a warning about the scam. They are now working with the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs to make veterans and their families aware.  Beshear says he wants Kentuckians who want to support veterans to do so without being victimized. 

Donors who are not familiar with a charitable organization can verify official organizations on CharityNavigator.org. The Attorney General's Consumer Protection website offers research tools, including a list of active charitable giving campaigns in Kentucky.

Tips to avoid a charity scam:

Do not feel pressured to give money or financial information over the phone. 
Beware of sound-alike charities.
Be cautious of social media requests for donations. Although some may be legitimate, consumers need to verify before making donations.
Ask solicitors what percentage of your donation will be given to relief efforts. By law, the solicitor must tell you if you ask.  
Avoid wire transfers or gift cards as a donation method. 

The Kentucky Attorney General's office offers scam alerts.  Just text the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311), or visit ag.ky.gov/scams to sign up with your mobile phone number or email address.

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