BBB warns against Hurricane Harvey charity scam

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The Better Business Bureau is warning those wishing to help Hurricane Harvey victims against charity scams.

According to the BBB, scammers will call people from fake 800 numbers asking to make donations. They suggest anyone wanting to donate used sources like give.org or BBB Accredited Red Cross.

“As people try to assist storm victims and their families, there will be dishonest people creating fake donation campaigns to exploit the situation and try to scam those wanting to help. While there may be a sense of urgency, we encourage people to carefully consider who exactly they are giving to and making sure they provide relief to those in need,” says Director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau, Dennis Horton.

The Better Business Bureau provides these tips when making donations:
1. Rely on expert opinion when evaluating a charity at Give.org

2. Be cautious when giving online

3. Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist relief victims.

4. Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups.

If you are looking for charity reports before giving, please see the attached related link.