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A Warning for Charities Pretending to Help Relief Efforts for Hurricane Sandy

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Posted: Nov 22, 2012 9:19 PM

WESLACO- The local Better Business Bureau is warning residents of charities pretending to help relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy.

The IRS issued a consumer alert this month. Delores Salinas works with the Better Business Burea. She says to be aware of charities with names similar to large national charities.

She warns donators to be suspect of charities that claim one hundred percent of the donation is going to the cause. There is always some administrative cost.

Here are some other tips:

- Don't give out personal financial information such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, or bank information.

- Never send cash. Only contribute checks or use credit cards to document your donation.

Salinas says charities in the valley are more likely to call or e-mail people for donations.

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