FTC, States to Announce Initiative Targeting Phony Charity Solicitations

Enforcement Sweep Focuses on Fraudulent Telemarketers Who Claim to be Helping Police, Firefighters and Veterans

Media Advisory

The Federal Trade Commission, together with dozens of state law enforcement officials, will announce “Operation False Charity,” a crackdown on fraudulent telemarketers who falsely claim to be soliciting money on behalf of police, firefighters, and veterans charities, at a press conference at FTC Headquarters Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 11 a.m. The sweep includes cases brought by the FTC and state enforcers, as well as tips for consumers on how to avoid charity scams. A spokesperson fluent in Spanish will be available for interviews.

WHAT: Announcement of ‘Operation False Charity’ Sweep
WHO: Jon Leibowitz, Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Chris Koster, Attorney General, Missouri
Pedro A. Cortes, Secretary of State, Pennsylvania
Mark Hammond, Secretary of State, South Carolina
Sheriff Jerry Gaines, Warren County, Kentucky
WHERE: FTC Headquarters
600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.,
Washington, DC, Room 332
WHEN: Wednesday, May 20, 2009; 11 a.m.
(doors open for camera set-up at 10:00 a.m.)
CONTACT: FTC Office of Public Affairs
202-326-2180

Call-in Information

Call-in lines are available for members of the press who wish to cover the press conference, but cannot attend. To call in, dial: 866-363-9013, conference ID: 10882209

 

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