Better Business Bureau warns of ‘pink bag’ charity scam

Posted on: 11:06 pm, August 21, 2013, by

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about pink donation bags showing up on mailboxes.

“Our entire street was lined with these pink bags,” said Kirsten Ririe who lives in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood. “I quickly started getting suspicious looking at the website and it sounded funny.”

The bag’s flyer claims to gather donations for “Hope House” or “Hope for Domestic Violence,” but the BBB says that’s not true and can’t verify where your donations are going. The flyer asks you to provide your name, address, email and phone number.

The website on the flyer attached links you to Nspire Outreach of Atlanta.  According to BBB officials, the group has changed its story on where the donations go several times.

They have an “F” rating with the BBB after they failed to respond to several complaints filed against them. The group designates itself as a church and so no tax returns have to be disclosed.

“You always worry about their motives, why are they doing that,” said Terry Hartman who discovered one of the bags on her mailbox Wednesday.

The BBB says you should only give to organizations you trust and if you receive the pink bags contact their office and file a report.