Online Charity Scams

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Two online charity scams have been slapped with lawsuits by the state attorney general of Missouri. The state wants to shut down the online operations of a Puerto Rico based group and an internet radio broadcaster in Georgia who were soliciting donations for tornado victims in Missouri but pocketing the money for themselves.

One of the alleged fraudsters was soliciting donations through an online link to a PayPal account plus an online donation hub called Crowdrise. Both “charities” claimed that they would be donating the money to Catholic charities in Missouri, but the church said they’d never been contacted by either charity and hadn’t received any donations.

It’s estimated that almost $10,000 was donated to the Crowdrise charity site alone, and state officials have been able to freeze that money.