The Louisiana Attorney General’s office is warning flood victims or those donating to charities that there are fraudulent people looking to make a quick buck. Spokesperson Ruth Wisher says educate yourself before you donate to a charity or hire a contractor. She says never donate to a charity that asks for cash or wire transfers and doesn’t provide proof your contribution is tax deductible.

“Search the IRS website to determine what organizations are eligible receive tax deductible contributions. The link to that site is on our website, which is”

Wisher says they’re encouraging flood victims looking for home repair to get at least itemized, detailed bids from licensed contractors. She says if they are unlicensed that should be viewed as a red flag.

“So if you meet a contractor who has offered to do work on your home, go that extra step and make sure that they’re certified and that link is on our website and we definitely encourage folks to go on there and check. It can never hurt.”

Wisher says FEMA will never call asking for financial account information and they always carry identification badges. She says don’t hesitate to call the Attorney General’s Office to ensure a contractor or charity is legitimate.

“We do have that hotline, its (800) 351- 4889 and even if it’s just a question or you think you may have been scammed, like I said, it can never hurt to double check.”