Permanent link Avoid donation scams
In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, email scams which solicit the wiring of
money to stranded victims in the Philippines are surfacing. Willing donors
should give cautiously over the next few weeks.
Unfortunately scammers look to exploit our compassion for helping others during
Donors, take proactive steps to avoid being ripped-off by questionable
solicitors or wasting money on poorly-managed relief efforts.
Don’t donate based on names. Avoid organizations that include
the name of the storm or disaster—as they may have just been founded and have
little experience or are simply trying to take advantage of highly-visible news
Avoid donating the wrong goods or products. Sending
non-essential items could be a wasted effort and slow down the relief process;
be sure to verify which items are needed and the specific distribution plans
that are in place. Some organizations may only accept clothing and goods from
locations close to the disaster zone to avoid freight costs.
Steer clear of inexperienced relief efforts. Inexperienced
charities will likely hamper assistance and divert funds from other helpful
Research before donating. Before responding to emails or
social media posts soliciting money, check out organizations to verify
Good intentions aren’t enough to carry out relief activities effectively;
charities should be transparent, accountable and well-managed.
For tips on how to make sure donations reach the intended relief effort visit:
-Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards for
-Attorney General’s Office Consumer Issues Charities page; and
-Secretary of State’s Give Wisely page.
Posted by Alison Dempsey-Hall Blog Moderator at 11/13/2013 03:50:08 PM |
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