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Tennessee joins FTC, other states in fighting fraudulent veteran charities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) -  Tennessee is joining the Federal Trade Commission to help educate the public on fraudulent charities claiming to help veterans. 

On Thursday, the Tennessee Secretary of State's Office and the Tennessee Attorney General's office announced it is joining the FTC as well as law enforcement officials and charity regulators from every state in a new donor education program called "Operation Donate With Honor."

The program aims to help people avoid fundraising solicitations that claim to help veterans and service members. 

The state says although many charities live up to their promises, a few attract donations by lying about help and support. 

“Tennesseans are some of the most giving people in the nation. It is unfortunate bad actors prey on our generosity for personal gain, especially when deceiving people into thinking they are helping the men and women who serve our country,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. “I hope Tennesseans will continue to donate their hard-earned dollars to benefit veterans after doing research.”

Regulators say scammers target potential donors online, via telemarketing, direct mail, door-to-door, and at retail stores. 

What should you do before you donate?

  • The state asks that before you give to a charity to check Tennessee’s Easy Steps to Wise Giving
  • Also, donors and business owners can useful info to help them donate wisely and make their donations count at FTC.gov/Charity.
  • Anyone with questions about a charity is asked to call the Division of Charitable Solicitations, Fantasy Sports and Gaming at 1-800-861-7393 or http://sos.tn.gov/charitable.  

Note: 

The District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam and Puerto Rico are announcing “Operation Donate with Honor". 

Operation Donate with Honor was developed by the FTC and the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO), the association of state offices charged with oversight of charitable organizations and charitable solicitations in the United States.


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