WATCH OUT FOR DONATION SCAMS
IN WAKE OF TRAGEDY
By Margo Hamilton, Regional Manager
Since September 11, 2001, countless heroes have sacrificed their time, effort and money to support the victims of the terrorist attacks on America. In their desire to lend a helping hand, people of all ages and backgrounds fell victim to scams disguised as solicitations for donations for victims of the September 11 terrorist attack. I anticipate similar behavior in the wake of the tragic fires that have devastated California.
It is difficult to comprehend this type of thievery during this tragic time, especially because these illegal activities slow down legitimate relief efforts. Equally disgusting are those marketers who may prey upon our fears by offering discounted life and home owner insurance products and other related services in the wake of the fires. While Americans set aside reasonable skepticism in favor of their urgent desire to help, the perpetrators of these frauds are preying upon their willing hearts.
Before you give money to any relief effort, be certain you know the organization or the person who solicited you. Donít give your social security number or your credit card information over the phone unless you made the call. No legitimate relief organization directly solicits for donations via email or telephone.
Following are two legitimate charities providing assistance to victims and support for the relief efforts:
1) American Red Cross 1- 800 - HELP - NOW
2) Salvation Army 1- 800 - SAL- ARMY
Please call the C.A.R.E. Program at 1-800-476-7506 if you or a friend need help determining whether a charity is legitimate. Donít allow yourself to be victimized by those who are taking advantage of this disaster, and your generosity, for their own gain.
Also Read DISASTER VICTIMS ARE OFTEN SCAM TARGETS TOO
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