New Scam Targeting Nonprofit Organizations in Montana

Attorney General Austin Knudsen warns of a trend in Montana where scammers pose as donors to target non-profit organizations.

The Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) issued a warning urging vigilance among non-profits to avoid falling victim to these fraudulent schemes.

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Nonprofit Scams In Montana

Reports reveal a sophisticated scheme where individuals, using fake identities like 'Barrington Blythe', donate large sums to non-profits on behalf of deceased family members.

These donations, often $191,250, come in the form of fraudulent cashier’s checks drawn from a US Bank account.

After cashing the checks, the scammer contacts the non-profit, claiming an accounting error and requesting a significant portion of the donated amount to exploit their goodwill.

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Tips for Avoiding Scams

  1. Due Diligence: Research the individual or entity named on the check.
  2. Exercise Caution: Don’t rush to return money immediately after cashing a check.
  3. Verify Donors: Ask for multiple forms of identification from the donor.
  4. Seek Confirmation: Inquire with neighboring organizations about similar communications or donations.
  5. Trust Your Instincts: If something feels off, proceed with caution.

Reporting Scams In Montana

Report any attempted scams promptly to the Office of Consumer Protection through their website or by phone.

Local law enforcement agencies can also assist.

By staying informed and following preventive measures, Montanans and non-profit organizations can protect themselves against these deceptive schemes.

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