Hurricane Sandy absolutely ravaged the east coast, but there are scammers out there that are hoping to ravage your bank account. While donating to the cleanup and recovery efforts is certainly a good thing, the government is warning people to watch out for scams. If you want to help the recovery efforts, there are legitimate ways to do so. Find out how to avoid Sandy-related scams and how you can help Sandy victims without getting caught in a “storm” of theft, fraud and hoaxes.
What to Watch Out For
There are a number of scams being sent through email. If you receive an unsolicited email asking for donations to help the victim of hurricane Sandy, there’s a good chance it isn’t real. These emails have been arriving from people claiming to be victims and even from those claiming to be elected officials. Scammers are also using social networking sites to lure in those that want to help those in need. If you live close to an affected area, you may even be approached on the street or at your home. Be wary of those asking for cash donations and never give out personal or financial information.
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Natural and unnatural disasters bring out the best, and unfortunately sometimes the worst in people. While trying to donate funds to help with the horrible others in times of tragedy many despicable scams, may pop into your email box and more attempting to take advantage of your generosity and support. Before you make your donation to any organization to assist those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that recently struck Japan be aware of these tips to make sure your money goes where you intend for it to.
You may get approached by a number of organizations through many different channels. You may get phone calls, emails, or letters. You may even come across fake websites. But no matter how you are approached it is important to do the research before writing that check, and the FBI warns, Continue reading Tips to avoid charitable contribution scams: Japan’s earthquake and tsunami
As more and more people are “going green” this includes decisions to recycle their old computer to charities, schools or even just dumping them thinking they are no longer working. But what about the information that is stored on those computers? Did you really erase your identity in the form of documents, spreadsheets, photos and other important information.. important to identity thieves that is!
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