News September 6, 2019

Beware Hurricane Scam

by Jackson Hole Radio News

While the Better Business Bureau and BBB Wise Giving Alliance applaud the generosity of people who want to help with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts, they advise caution to make sure their donations get to the people who need it most. Better Business Bureaus are already seeing crowdfunding appeals of a dubious nature, and in the days ahead expect to see “storm chasers” looking to make a quick buck off of clean-up efforts. Consumers can report suspected scams to BBB Scam Tracker BBB Wise Giving Alliance suggests donors keep the following tips in mind to help avoid questionable appeals for support: Verify the trustworthiness of soliciting relief organizations. See if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the impacted areas.Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups.Be cautious about gifts of clothing, food or other in-kind donationsCredible groups raising funding for hurricane relief include the American Red Cross, American Humane, Humane Society of the United States, Heart to Heart International, Salvation Army, Save the Children and World Vision.