As with any major natural disaster, scam artists are coming out of the woodwork to capitalize on all the destruction, and on most people's natural desire to help.
"Anytime we have a natural disaster like this, there is a sort of human nature," said Alan Bligh, regional director of the Better Business Bureau. "We want to help those that are in trouble. It's just human nature. It's a good thing. The problem is, we don't make the real wise decision. The schemers are waiting. They are anxious for this sort of thing."
The BBB sent out a warning Wednesday night to be wary of fake charity scams.
They say you should research the organization you are giving to. Make sure you are satisfied with where the money goes, and that the organization is registered with the Internal Revenue Service.
Be wary of imitations. Do not be fooled by names that closely resemble a well-known organization. Don't give out personal information over the phone, and be cautious of online or text-message solicitations.
And last, if you want to give, the best thing to do is to go to the charity's own Website.
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