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Avoid Getting Scammed Out of Helping

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Avoid Getting Scammed Out of Helping

When a disaster hits, everyone wants to do their part in helping out. Unfortunately, this is also the perfect time for scammers to target do-gooders. If you want to make a donation, but are not sure where to start, Charity Navigator is a website that ranks charities from A-Z so you know a little more about who you are donating to. The Daily Beast and MSN have also provided a list of trustworthy charitable organizations. Remember to look for signs that show a website may be a scam.

  1. Check to make sure the URL ends in .org and not .com.
  2. Go to websites of organizations that you are familiar with.
  3. Be wary of unsolicited e-mails. E-mails that include links to organizations or pictures of a disaster may be fake or carry viruses.
  4. Never give out social security or personal bank information.
  5. If you have any suspicion that the website you have visited may be a scam, report it here.



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