As donations for the country after a massive earthquake pour in, givers are being warned about potential scams online.
U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – As individuals continue to give to causes that support relief efforts in Haiti, following an earthquake that has possibly lead to an estimated 200,000 deaths, donors are told to be cautious about possible scams. As reported by ABC News, watchdogs are encouraging donors to give, but also warning them about Internet scams popping up via unsolicited emails and other sources.
Alison Southwick, national spokesperson for the Better Business Bureau, is quoted in the report as stating to the news source, “Unfortunately, not all charity appeals come from trustworthy sources… While some charities are ill-equipped to help victims in foreign countries, others can be the work of scammers looking to make an easy buck.”
As noted in the report, resources like the Better Business Bureau, American Institute of Philanthropy Web site, CharityWatch.org, and others have listed information about various charitable organizations that givers can use to help determine the legitimacy of an organization prior to giving their donations.
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