MARYLAND – As a society where technology is always evolving, scams are unfortunately a part of that world. On Monday, Maryland Secretary of State, John Wobensmith held a virtual town hall meeting to give donors tips and tricks on how to avoid being scammed by people posing as reputable charities. “It would be a shame if people became afraid of giving because they were scammed,” says President and CEO of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, Pam Gregory.

According to local law enforcement, crimes involving scams are showing just how serious scams are getting. “Especially in the last 18 to 24 months, we are seeing more online scams so we’re constantly trying to educate our residents so that they’re not victimized,” says Worcester County Sheriff, Matt Crisafulli. He tells 47 ABC, it’s all about being more cautious. “Go to the source, do some reference checks, and when they start asking for personal information, that’s a red flag you should immediately hang up.”

Meanwhile, Gregory says it’s what people should think about when being asked to donate. “How that dollar is going to help create a better situation not only for the non-profit being able to do the work but how it ultimately makes an impact in their local community.” She says if that non-profit can’t answer your questions, then that should cause alarm.

Officials also addressed keeping a record of your payments, and writing down names and call-back numbers. Sheriff…

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