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Watch out for fake charities saying they’re raising money for Louisiana flood victims

Louisiana FloodingIf you’re like me, your phone is ringing and ringing with the IRS, Microsoft, and other scammers calling again and again.

However, if something new comes up, a caller asking for a donation to flood victims in Louisiana, be careful. Scammers exploit tragedies to appeal to your sense of generosity.

The Federal Trade Commission urges consumers to be cautious of potential charity scams. Do research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised.

Consider these tips from the FTC when asked to give:

  • Donate to charities you know and trust with a proven track record in dealing with disasters.
  • Designate the disaster so you can ensure your funds are going to disaster relief, rather than a general fund.
  • Never click on links or open attachments in emails unless you know who sent it. You could install malware on your computer.
  • Don’t assume that charity messages posted on social media are legitimate. Research the organization yourself.
  • When texting to donate, confirm the number with the source before you donate. The charge will show up on your mobile phone bill, but donations aren’t immediate. It can take as long as 90 days for the charity to receive the funds.

To learn more, go to Charity Scams.

Copyright 2016, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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RamblinGarden

Always, always, good suggestions (said as someone whose general area suffered two floods - some communities impacted by Hurricane Irene and others by Tropical Storm Lee.)

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