It is starting. You have seen on the media the destruction that came about from Hurricane Florence. Calls for financial aid are going out and donations are being solicited, I am starting to hear reports that scams are in play to solicit donations by non-legitimate people and agencies.
It is important to remember to PLEASE BE CAREFUL when dealing with these organizations.
You may want to donate and provide financial aid and support, make sure to follow these simple steps:
- Do not send cash. Use only your credit card or a check.
- Check out the organization’s credentials. You can go to the IRS website and check “Exempt Organizations Select Check” or to Guidestar.org to help verify a charity’s identity.
Unfortunately, you can never be too cautious to help prevent becoming a victim of fraud.