Consumer Protection warns businesses of holiday scammers

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Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection is urging businesses to verify whether charities are legitimate before allowing them to solicit donations on their property.

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Commissioner Michelle Seagull says her agency often sees people outside stores impersonating charities. She says consumers often have little to no idea if an organization asking for donations outside a mall, department store or grocery store is legitimate.

Retailers can verify if a charity is registered with the state by visiting www.elicense.ct.gov and clicking on “Lookup a License” at the bottom of the page. All charities soliciting in Connecticut must be registered with the Department of Consumer Protection.

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The agency also suggests retailers ask for a copy of the charity’s registration to keep on file and ask questions about the charity’s upcoming and past projects.

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