Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says people need to be sure they're giving to a legitimate Sandy Hook charity by doing research before writing a check.
"It's outrageous and it's despicable," says Jepsen about the fraudulent organizations and e-mails that claim to collect donations for victims after natural disasters and mass shootings. "Vigilance is the bottom line."
But Jepsen also points out that there are people who have good intentions and want to help, but don't understand the process for starting a charity and may not be acknowledging the wishes of the victims' families.
Here are the official charities give to CNN by some of the families of those killed in Sandy Hook Elementary School:
For Noah Pozner: http://noahpozner.org/
For Emilie Parker: http://emilieparkerfund.com/
For Grace McDonnell: Donations can be mailed to:
Grace McDonnell Memorial Fund at FCCF
Fairfield County Community Foundation
383 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
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