TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Mississippi Attorney General's Office and the Secretary of State's Office are part of a nationwide effort to educate people on ways to watch out for fraudulent veteran charities.
The commander and quartermaster of the Veteran Foreign Affairs says it's true - false charities happen all the time.
"It's horrible to rip off veterans. Because what's happening is the money is going to the administration, not to the veterans. It's a disgrace," said Tom Ginn, commander of VFW Post 4057.
False donation sites, unknown phone calls and fake flyers could trick victims into thinking their money is going to the right place.
"Contact the post. Every post has got a contact and a phone number. If you want to donate, contact the post. I guarantee you it's not going to be put in anyone's pocket," said Pat O'Callaghan, quartermaster of VFW Post 4057.
Some other ways to make sure donations go to the right charity, is checking the Secretary of State's website. Researching the name of the charity will help you gain a better understanding of what it is about and if it is real. Veterans also say you should usually receive a letter in the mail shortly after, and if you didn’t make sure to call the foundation immediately.
They also told say anyone with doubts should just take their donations inside to a physical location you know where it’s going.