by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Attorney General's Office warns that running a scam to get cash or donations under the guise of a charitable cause can result in criminal charges. Last week the AG's Office warned residents about an individual who sought cash donations claiming he needed to bring back his child who had died in Hawaii. After receiving numerous complaints the AG's Office determined the man's claims to be a scam.
Guam Attorney general Alicia Limtiaco says those caught perpetrating schemes like this could face criminal charges of theft, fraud and deception. She told KUAM News, "These are very serious allegations and we have cautioned our community to please be very mindful if anyone approaches you. There are tips that we have placed out there if there are representations regarding a particular organization there are certain checks that can be made with our Department of Revenue & Taxation."
If you or anyone you know has received suspicious requests for charitable donations, you're urged to contact the AG's Consumer Protection Unit at 475-3324, Extension 171.