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Beware of Disaster Relief Scammers

 

begging 1922612 640Scammers never let a good disaster go to waste. With the ongoing crisis in Houston, you're bound to receive a ton of solicitations for donations. How do you sort out the legitimate from the not so much?

First, don't donate to phone solicitations... you don't know who they really represent. Caller ID's can be spoofed, so don't trust any of these calls.

This advice also extends to the random person collecting donations on the street corner (or in front of a grocery store).

Scammers will often use names similar to real charities, so use sites like Charity Navigator to research organizations before you donate. This site will also tell you how much of your dollar goes to the organization's stated mission.

Donate directly to charities with an established track record. The REALTOR® Relief Foundation provides housing for victims and spends 100% of donations on relief efforts. The American Red Cross is also a great choice.

 

 

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