AG Ellison warns Minnesotans of potential COVID-19 charity scams
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is asking Minnesotans to be vigilant when donating to charities to avoid giving money to a scam.
"Minnesotans are generous people at regular times. At this extraordinary time, we're more inclined than ever to help others," Ellison said in a statement. "That's a noble impulse and the best of who we are — but we also have to be careful. I'm asking every Minnesotan to exercise caution when donating to charitable causes that claim to help with the COVID-19 outbreak. We all want to make sure that our money goes to people who will use to do right by people, not to line their own pockets."
Minnesotans can avoid being scammed by using a searchable database of charities registered in Minnesota.
The attorney general's office also urged Minnesotans to give to charities they are already familiar with.
Anyone who thinks they have come across a fraudulent charity is asked to report it to Ellison's office.
Earlier this month, Ellison's office warned consumers to watch out for price-gouging and other COVID-19 scams. Minnesotans are urged to also report those to Ellison's office.