The images of the devastation and
suffering in Texas are heartbreaking, and many of us want to help. But
before you make a donation, make sure it will actually get to the people
who need it. In the wake of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey, scammers come
out of the woodwork. Here are some tips to ensure that your dollars count:
- Don’t respond to
unsolicited emails, text messages and social networking posts asking
you to donate. You have no way of verifying how your money would
really be used. The messages may include links to copycat web sites
designed to look like a legitimate charity. Also, be cautious about
giving through crowdfunding websites, which can be abused by charity
- Watch out for telemarketing
pleas. Think carefully before giving to telemarketers who call on
behalf of non-profits, since a large chunk of your gift may go to the
for-profit telemarketer. It’s best if you initiate the donation
instead of responding to a solicitation.
If you think
you’ve been contacted by a charity scammer, you can file a
complaint or contact the Attorney General’s Consumer
Protection Division at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.
This message brought to you on
behalf of North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.