– Allison Goldsberry
Beware the unscrupulous types who are preying upon both victims of disaster and those seeking to help.
The Homeland Security Department is warning people to use caution when opening email attachments to and avoid opening unsolicited emails.
Potential donors should give to well-established charities that are publicly known and trusted and be wary of charities that might have just launched. Charitable messages and links posted to social media might not be factually-based so donors should exercise caution and good judgment before clicking and giving money. Other tips and resources for investigating charities have been made available by the FTC.
Other key tips for avoiding charity fraud, according to the FBI, include resisting pressure to donate (reputable organizations don’t use such tactics) and making donations with credit cards or checks made out to a specific organization.