Enero 22, 2018

Officials warn against Hurricane Harvey relief scams

01 Setiembre 2017, 08:29 | Dolorita Barahona

Research the charity before making hurricane donations

Hurricane Harvey charity scam: Warning signs

The Better Business Bureau and Charity Navigator are offering advice on how to donate, and which groups are best prepared to distribute your donation.

Social media sites can also perpetuate scams.

"There's a cycle for disaster fraud", explained Walt Green, who ran the NCDF from 2013 to 2017. Across the organization, fellow employees are making generous supply and monetary donations which the Company will match dollar-for-dollar. The Red Cross asked the FBI to investigate 15 sites that mirrored its own website in the days following Katrina.

The Salvation Army is another well-established relief organization. Experts have some advice.

Criminals often send emails that steer recipients to bogus websites that appear to be affiliated with legitimate charitable causes. If you are thinking of giving to the Texas Diaper Bank or Austin Diaper Bank (and they are both awesome organizations that we love run by incredible EDs) they need dollars to pay for trucking wholesale diapers and extra staff.

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs said in a statement that New Jersey residents should "investigate before you donate" while preparing to make donations. The Federal Trade Commission has a checklist about what to look for. Many organizations adopt names confusingly similar to well-known charities.

The ideal way to show your compassion is to donate money to a charity that you respect, rather than shipping cartons of diapers and cases of canned chili.

We expect the long-term needs for communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey to include: rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children, supporting mental health needs, and boosting damaged agricultural sectors. Credit card companies also usually collect transaction fees. Don't ever write checks to individuals.

While many of them may be will-intentioned, you just don't know where your money is going.

The experts at Atlanta-based CARE respond to global disasters.

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