ND consumer warning: Beware of fake charities
BISMARCK - The North Dakota Attorney General's office is warning consumers to be aware of phony "look-alike" charities. The Consumer Protection division recently received a judgment against several phony charities operating in the state.
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Attorney General’s office is warning consumers to be aware of phony “look-alike” charities. The Consumer Protection division recently received a judgment against several phony charities operating in the state.
Ian Hosang, Rhett McIntosh and Judith Culzac, of New York, formed nonprofit corporations called American Cancer Society of North Dakota, American Cancer Society of Bismarck, and American Cancer Society for Children of North Dakota. These supposed charities are not affiliated with the actual American Cancer Society, which filed a complaint with the Consumer Protection division.
The court found these fake charities engaged in consumer fraud by using names deceptively similar to the real American Cancer Society and that they engaged in solicitation of charitable contributions while unregistered. Donations given to these phony charities did not benefit any charitable purpose connected with the actual American Cancer Society, a release from the attorney general's office said. In addition to ordering the fake charities involuntarily dissolved and banned from engaging in charitable solicitations, the court also ordered the fake charities to pay civil penalties and fees and costs to the attorney general.
North Dakota residents who have questions about a charitable solicitation they have received can review information on the consumer rights page online at www.attorneygeneral.nd.gov or contact the Consumer Protection division at (701) 328-3404.