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AG shuts down fake website soliciting donations for 1 October victims

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The Nevada attorney general shut down another fake website soliciting donations for the victims of the 1 October shooting. 

Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt said they received an alert from GoFundMe of a fraudulent donation website claiming to be affiliated with an existing campaign on GoFundMe. Laxalt's Bureau of Consumer Protection removed the fake website. Last week, the attorney general's office removed a Facebook page after receiving complaints from locals. 

For those would like to donate to the victims through GoFundMe, the website compiled a list of vetted campaigns online. The campaigns can be accessed online

In addition, the attorney general's office suggested donors follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid any charity or fundraiser asking for donations in cash or via wire transfer. Those unable to provide detailed information about their mission or organization are suspect.
  • Ask for detailed information about the charity. 
  • Review the charity's financial information or Form 990. 
  • Do not feel pressured to make an immediate donation by phone or in person. 
  • Avoid making checks payable to individuals
  • When texting donations, check the number with the source before donating. 
  • Be cautious of unsolicited charitable emails. 
  • Social media sites can also perpetuate scams. 
  • Be careful with "sound-alike names." Many fake charities intentionally use names that can be confused with legitimate and respected charities.

Anyone who believes they've come across a fraudulent charity can report it to the Nevada Attorney General's Office. Complaints can also be filed at the Family Assistance Center located at 3150 Paradise Road. 

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