The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

March 29, 2014

Nationwide 2013 fraud stats released

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Helping Hospitalized Veterans

Two people contacted me this week after receiving mail from this organization. The mail offered them a chance to win a sweepstakes, in a format looking a lot like the real Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. The mail also solicited donations to buy craft and art kits for hospitalized veterans. I checked out the organization through Charity Navigator, a non-profit that tracks and evaluates charities. Their website noted the California Attorney General filed suit in 2012 against this charity, alleging it “engaged in self-dealing, paid excessive executive compensation, and engaged in fraudulent fundraising…” Sounds like one to steer far away from.

You can contact me with any fraud or scam issues at Seniors vs. Crime, 242-9211 extension 4433.

Randy Meier is the executive director of Seniors vs. Crime, which operates in conjunction with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

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