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Authorities targeting scam charities

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) Washington is cracking down on so-called "badge charities" that claim to help police, firefighters and veterans.


Attorney General Rob McKenna says some are phony. And Secretary of State Sam Reed says some give very little money to the groups they claim to represent. The officials say people should check out charities and give only to those you trust.

The state attorney general's office announced Wednesday it had taken action to force two fundraisers to change their practices. The state also is assisting the Federal Trade Commission in action against two other fundraising organizations accused of being shams.

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