Beware of Sandy scammers

Beware of people attempting to take advantage of those trying to help in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: The Better Business Bureau warns that natural disasters tend to draw out scammers.

Faux charity organizations tend to spring up overnight to prey on donors’ emotions. Cons impersonate legitimate efforts as well, complete with materials and logos.

The BBB in a news release advises people to use caution with solicitors who demand donations with aggressive tactics or deadlines; accept only cash or checks made out to them personally; or can’t explain how donations will be used.

Instead, consider donating directly to charities by visiting their offices or official websites.

Advice on charitable giving is available at

— Heidi Hagemeier, The Bulletin

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