Beware of scammers during natural disasters

Beware of scammers during natural disasters

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Hurricane Harvey has left thousands of people having to start over. And many people, charities, and organization are raising donations to help those affected.
But there will always be Scammers looking to take advantage of those donations.

Organizations like the red cross are doing everything they can to help those in need. Susan Everitt, the Executive director of the American Red Cross of Augusta says the support around the nation has been overwhelming. "To see the out pour of people who maybe don't even know anyone living in Texas or Louisiana but they know there are people that are in need and everybody is stepping up to the plate."

In times like this, people donate what they can but you have to beware of scammers who are just looking to take advantage or your generosity.

"The scammers will come out of the woodwork to take advantage of those opportunities," says Gigi Turner, Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau. She says scammers have a field day creating fake donation pages that include big named Charities. Her advice to anyone donating money to a small organization, trust your instincts.

"If you have any doubts, concerns or suspicions you definitely don't want to donate to that particular source you're concerned about. You want to have confidence that your money is going where you want it to go," Turner explains.

But for Larger Charities, the BBB has a list of several charities that have passed their 20 standards and is considered trustworthy. For example, does it donate more than 65% of its donations to the relief and it's expense breakdown to name a couple. All in an effort so you can know where your donations are heading.

For a list of charities, you can click this link 

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