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State officials warn against mudslide scams

State officials are warning people to avoid scams spurred by the Oso mudslide in Snohomish County that has left 16 dead and dozens more unaccounted for.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman released a joint statement this week urging people to look out for scam artists who may be soliciting donations for the disaster. They instead recommend donating through, a website run by the Council of Better Business Bureaus.

Washington state’s Combined Fund Drive has also launched a campaign to help mudslide victims. The program allows state public employees to donate to charity through payroll contribution and agency fundraising events. The website can be found here.