County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
August 28, 2023

Commissioners warn residents to beware
of scams when donating to Maui survivors

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners is advising residents who want to offer assistance to the survivors of the wildfires in Maui, Hawaii, to be aware of potential scams.

“The Monmouth County Division of Consumer Affairs reminds you to beware of high-pressure phone calls urging you to donate money immediately; and to never give a credit card number or other personal financial information to strangers on the phone,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “There are also several organizations that can provide you with reports and ratings about how charitable organizations spend donations and how they conduct business. These include Better Business Bureau (BBB), Candid, Charity Navigator, CharityWatch and Wise Giving Alliance.”

“The County sincerely appreciates those individuals who want to reach out to help the survivors in Hawaii,” said Commissioner Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Division of Consumer Affairs. “We also think it is very important to remind everyone to never let anyone rush you into making a decision and to do some research online before donating to any individual or organization.”

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