The Utah Division of Consumer Protection is warning people to be wary of fundraising scams exploiting the mudslide tragedy in Washington State.
Though no such schemes have been reported so far in Utah, Francine A. Giani, executive director of the Utah Department of Commerce, asks consumers to be on the lookout for them in the wake of Saturday's event, which so far has killed 25 people. The slide occured near the town of Oso, about 55 miles southeast of Seattle, and slammed into a neighborhood of homes.
"While our neighbors in Washington deal with a tragic recovery effort after Saturday's mudslide, brazen fraudsters will be busy looking for ways to profit off Utah's generous reputation," she said in a statement. "If you really want to help these mudslide victims, make sure your donations go to a charity registered with the State of Utah."