Attorney General Xavier Becerra this week issued a consumer alert to warn Californians about sham charities being started following the Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Becerra, who has the primary responsibility for supervising charities and the professional fundraisers who solicit on their behalf, may, under Government Code section 12580 et seq., investigate and bring legal actions against charities and fundraisers that misuse charitable assets or engage in fraudulent fundraising practices.
“California stands with our neighbors in Las Vegas. Our hearts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the peace officers and firefighters who responded, and everyone affected,” Becerra said. “Unfortunately, some people try to capitalize on our generosity in times of tragedy. These unscrupulous individuals set up fake charities purporting to help the victims of the tragedy, only to line their own pockets. I encourage anyone who has been a victim of a charitable-giving scam to file a complaint through my office’s website, oag.ca.gov, or call (800) 952-5225. The California Department of Justice has zero tolerance for disgraceful scam artists, especially during this difficult time. We will do everything we can to hold them accountable.”
Source: Becerra’s office