Secretary of State warns against fraudulent tornado charities

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann issued a warning Thursday afternoon urging Mississippians to beware of fraudulent tornado charities.

A series of tornadoes ripped through Mississippi on Monday, leaving at least 12 dead and countless others homeless. Hosemann said scammers could be trying to take advantage of the caring nature of Mississippians through false charities.

"Mississippians are at their best when someone is in need, but making sure your donations are actually used to help your neighbors is just as important as the donation itself," said Hosemann.

Many people and organizations are providing assistance to those affected by Monday's storms. Hosemann says to be mindful of who you give your money to.

"While most of these organizations are legitimate, there may be unscrupulous groups which unfortunately surface during these trying times," said Hosemann. "There are many individuals who will take advantage of the kindness of others. Don't become a victim. Check your charity with our office before donating to make sure your charity is registered and your dollars are spent well."

Hosemann says you can check which organizations are registered through the Secretary of State's office by visiting He also says to report any suspicious activity to his office immediately.

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