State issues warning about solicitors near retail stores

TRI-CITY HERALD STAFFSeptember 16, 2013 

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are warning consumers about potentially illegal actions by some people who solicit donations near retail stores, supposedly on behalf of charities.

These solicitors, who often set up a table at a store entrance or exit and ask for small cash, check, debit or credit card donations, may be pocketing most of the money instead of giving it to the intended charity, according to a news release.

In most cases, the solicitors will offer a small trinket for a donation and will tell people their donation will go toward various charitable efforts, such as helping sick or disabled children, animals, battered women or to support well-known charities.

For more information, go to http://1.usa.gov/187N4dQ or www.sos.wa.gov/charities.

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