INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Curtis Hill today reminds helpful Hoosiers to be vigilant and even skeptical before contributing to relief efforts for Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Whether in Indiana or thousands of miles away in another state, Hoosiers are always some of the first in line offering a helping hand to their fellow Americans. In fact, many Hoosiers are already headed south to assist with rescue efforts in Houston and other communities in ruins along the coastal bend in Texas. During the next few weeks, many more Indiana citizens likely will continue to make donations and travel to Texas to help people in need.
However, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD) warns all Hoosiers that the aftermath of a natural disaster is a hotbed for scammers. Any Hoosier with plans to help Texas residents should also take steps to avoid falling victim to scams targeting those who want to help victims.
The CPD encourages contributions to relief efforts but advises Hoosiers to donate money and supplies through well-established organizations and pay attention to possible red flags that could indicate scams.
Anyone contacted by a person directly requesting a monetary donation and claiming to represent an organization should proceed with caution and even skepticism. A better option is generally to donate through more trusted methods such as well-established organizations’ websites. Further, Hoosiers should not give out any personal information such as bank account or debit and credit card numbers.
The Office of the Indiana Attorney General thanks the first responders and civilians in Texas and all across the country assisting with relief and rescue efforts. Our thoughts are with all Texans who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.