Maine Attorney General William J. Schneider cautioned Mainers to be careful about donating to relief efforts for survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

“Events like this unfortunately can create an opportunity for good-hearted people to be victimized by scammers,” said Schneider. “Please be certain that the charity you are contributing to is a legitimate charity and never give any caller your credit card, debit card or bank account information over the phone or over the Internet.”

Mainer consumers who wish to determine if a charity is legitimate are encouraged to check the Maine Office of Licensing & Registration at or call the Licensing Office at 624-8603.