Beware Disaster Relief Scams


When disasters hit, scammers are close behind. Thereis always someone trying to cash in on the goodwill of Americans who want tohelp. Here is some information to use after a disaster, such as HurricaneSandy:

  • Charity Scams: Be cautious about online giving,especially in response to unsolicited spam messages that claim to link to arelief organization. If you want to give to a charity involved in reliefefforts, go directly to the charity's website.
  • Social Media Scams: Facebook and Twitterare rife with fake charities and fake storm victims asking for money, but alsobe wary of news stories and disaster videos posted online. Some of these,especially the ones that promise "shocking footage" or other sensationalizedcontent, often contain malware. If you click on a link to a video onTwitter or Facebook, but are told you have to install additional software tosee it, stay away.

Be sure to check www.bbb.orgfor the most recent scam information and read the BBB's business and charityreviews that are posted on the BBB website.