Enero 23, 2018

Be Careful of Phony Charities Soliciting Donations for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

02 Setiembre 2017, 11:51 | Martinez Canez

Trump pledges $1 million for hurricane relief

President Trump to Donate $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

He said scams are going around that may collect money and items that will not go to help those in need in Texas.

As of Tuesday, more than $1 million had been donated. Ask for detailed information about the organization, including name, address, telephone number, licensing information, and percentage of your donation that will go to the charity. Scammers will come up with a name that's very similar or in the URL the name could be one letter off.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today is warning Oklahomans of charity fraud and other scams in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. You can also verify charities by checking to see if they're registered in your state through the National Association of State Charity Officials.

She says check their website,, for tips on how to protect yourself and your pocketbook when it comes to disaster relief. Channel 2 News is teaming up with the Red Cross to collect donations in the west parking lot between 11 A.M. and 7 P.M.

Despite what an organization might claim, charities have fund raising and administrative costs.

Use caution with crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe-do your research to make sure those asking for help are legitimately in need.

"We just wanted to give back, as far as the community is concerned because I know how much they are suffering there", says Laura Seaman.

Hurricane Harvey is an vast disaster, and a huge amount of resources will be necessary to help the citizens of Texas, and the other states affected, to rebuild. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous individuals who will seek to personally profit from the generosity of their neighbors.

Search on websites such as Charity Navigator, GuideStar and the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance to find out how long the charity has been in existence and learn about its programs. The BBB says unless a charity is on the ground in areas impacted by Harvey, they probably won't be able to help with immediate needs.

On Facebook and Twitter, scammers have also set up fake charity pages to steal money and data.

Another factor to check out: whether a charity has a record of success in a disaster-affected region.

Go to the website for tools to quickly and easily check the status of charitable organizations.

When a natural disaster takes place, McGovern said there are some people who look to capitalize on it. "And they need us", said Scott McNichols, President of McNichols Company in Tampa.

Otras noticias

Tendencias Ahora

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Is It Worth The Price?
The phablet globally be available for buying from September at a price tag of $930, which roughly comes around - Rs 59,561. The device is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC (with some markets getting the Samsung Exynos octa-core variant as well).

56% Americans say Trump 'tearing the country apart'
They also may deduct the interest on up to $100,000 in home-equity loans, unless they're subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax. Trump's rhetoric about white supremacists, especially in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, has been far more forgiving .

Hurricane Harvey leaves five dead and Houston under water
It doesn't mean there will never be a time or place for such donations - check with relief agencies as time passes. This flood threat is where Harvey and Katrina are similar, but Katrina's floods weren't just because of rainfall.

Liverpool legend Gerrard reveals what he expects from Oxlade-Chamberlain
I think everyone seems to be eulogising over Oxlade-Chamberlain in this last 24 hours, (but) he doesn't get into their best XI. New Liverpool winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says his "ongoing development" is the reason why he decided to leave Arsenal .

How panicked drivers are making North Texas gas shortages worse
Texas is home to 5.6 million barrels per day (bpd) of refining capacity, and Louisiana has 3.3 million bpd. Also, if Canada's gas prices stay low, the Americans can come scoop up the supply, driving up the prices.

Mattis signs orders to send more troops to Afghanistan
The disclosure came after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis expressed frustration with how troops in war zones were counted. In other words, I've signed some of the troops that will go and we're identifying the specific ones", Mattis said.

Game of Thrones costume designer explains hidden message in Cersei's finale outfit
Ulysse Nardin Classico Zheng He Ever proud of their rule over the Iron Islands, the Greyjoys have complete dominion over the seas. Game of Thrones 7 may be over for now , but hopefully we get to see everything unfold when season 8 comes out in 2018 or 2019.

Samsung Galaxy S9 is rumored to debut in January
The company hasn't really sacrificed any features for the sake of forcing in others. "We are not sticking to innovation itself". This mode lets you adjust the intensity of background blur - or bokeh - in photos, both during and after taking the shot.

Melania Trump Roasted For Wearing Heels To Visit Texas Flood Zone
A multibillion-dollar bill for federal flood insurance coverage may also land on Congress' desk soon from Texas. It would be a first down payment to ensure recovery efforts over the next few weeks are adequately funded.

Toronto Blue Jays: Brett Anderson solid in first start with new club
They took ridiculous swings like it was a Sunday softball game at Ryan Field in Charlestown. The right-hander then got Steve Pearce to ground into a fielders choice, ending the threat.