Watch your donations, OK?

With 24 confirmed deaths so far and still many people missing after the tornado in Oklahoma this week, beware of fake charities trying to scam you for donations.

Oklahoma Tornado Survivors Need Your Help, Scammers Don’t – Consumerist.

There are no confirmed reports of fake tornado charities yet, but surely they’re coming. Scammers popped up to take advantage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. How can you make sure that your money is making its way to people who need your help, and not lining the pockets of soulless swindlers?

If you’re getting a solicitation from a group you’ve never heard of, it’s best to keep your hand on your wallet. Avoid giving cash donations, which you can’t follow, trace, or cancel if you learn that there’s a scammer behind them. Do homework if you really want to give: check with the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance or with GuideStar.

This happens after every tragedy. Be careful. ONLY give to those charities you know. Securely.

  1 comment for “Watch your donations, OK?

  1. RDW
    May 22, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    The best bet is the Red Cross, I’ve always heard.

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