The time of year that makes Kansas families more generous also makes them more vulnerable to scam artists, warns Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Schmidt issued a news release that states while there are many great causes to support, there are also scam artists out there who pose as legitimate charities "looking to make a buck off of Kansans’ generosity."

Click here to see the Attorney General's advice on avoiding scams

He offers this advice ...

* Rather than waiting to receive a solicitation by mail, email or phone call, decide ahead of time how much you want to donate and what organizations you want to support.

* Never make a rushed decision when you receive a solicitation, or give in to high-pressure sales tactics to get you to donate over the phone.

* Check to see if the charitable organization are registered with the Secretary of State’s Office (which they are required to do by law) at

For more tips on staying safe from scams this holiday season, visit the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection website at