Fake Charities Targeting Harvey Relief Donors
WESLACO – Relief efforts are underway to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The Better Business Bureau said anyone should be aware of people looking to exploit the disaster relief efforts. Phony relief operations can come across on Facebook pages, tweets and phishing emails among a slew of other methods.
The BBB advises anyone looking to donate to think before they do.
If someone wants to make a donation to a charity, their best option is to donate through the official charity website.
“Be very, very careful about answering any type of pleas on Facebook or any social media where they’re asking for money. You don’t know who you’re dealing with. The best thing to do is donate to a reliable and credible source,” said Dolores Salina with the BBB.
The U.S. Department of Justice has established a national center for disaster fraud to investigate, prosecute and deter fraudulent relief activity.
If anyone suspects a non-legitimate organization trying to collect donations they can call 866-720-5721.