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McDaniel warns of scams after tornado

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 28, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

MAYFLOWER — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says his office will be on the lookout for fraud after Sunday's deadly storms in Arkansas.

McDaniel says he expects to see scams emerge on services including yard cleanup, reconstruction and tree-trimming, as well as disaster relief. He said state law requires that most charitable organizations register with his office prior to soliciting donations.

McDaniel said people should contact the charities division of the consumer protection division of his office before giving money to an unfamiliar charity.

People who want to give money can donate to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund in North Little Rock, he added.

The Red Cross is accepting donations as it helps tornado victims at its website, RedCross.org; or by texting "redcross" to 90999 to make a $10 donation to disaster relief through your mobile carrier. Charges will apply to next month's cellphone bill.

The Salvation Army is seeking donations as it mobilizes volunteers and supplies. Donations may be made online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org, by calling (800) 725-2769), or by texting “STORM” to 80888 for a $10 donation. Checks made out to Arkansas tornado Relief may be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 738, North Little Rock, AR 72115-0738.

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