Charity Fraud ?What You Can Do
Q: Equine Legal Solutions has received an unprecedented number of complaints about purported charitable organizations. The claims range from adopters of PMU horses who paid adoption fees and never received a horse to individuals who have loaned large sums of money to rescues?that misappropriated the funds. If you have been the victim of fraud, what can you do?
A: If you believe you have been defrauded by a non-profit organization (or someone pretending to have a charitable purpose), ELS strongly urges you to file a formal complaint with EACH of the following organizations. You may achieve better and more cost-effective results by filing criminal fraud complaints rather than civil lawsuits (which are time-consuming and costly). If you don't receive satisfactory results within a few months after filing your complaints, you may want to consider filing a civil suit.
How to File a Complaint
(1) Be sure to follow the instructions on the relevant website or telephone hotline.
(2) Keep a record of each complaint that you file, including the date and the name of any particular person that you spoke with.
(3) Be concise and factual in describing your complaint. It is most useful to see facts outlined in a timeline format - e.g., January 1, 2005 - [name of charity] sent solicitation for donations to me via [email/mail]; January 15, 2005 - I sent check for [$ amount] to [name of charity] at [address].
(4) Don't submit the actual correspondence or documentation until the agency asks for it - as a famous TV character once said, "Just the facts, ma'am."
Where to File a Complaint