The FBI issued a press release yesterday warning donors of relief scams following Hurricane Gustav. The FBI states that after tragic events many criminals surface who aim to profit from disaster by means of fraud. The press release asks donors to check with the Better Business Bureau if they receive emails or phone calls asking for donations. It can be difficult to decipher legitimate charities from individuals fraudulently asking for your money.
They offer tips for donating responsibly and avoiding dishonest solicitations. Among these are avoiding responding to unsolicited emails, not clicking on email links within unsolicited emails, and refusing to supply solicitors with personal information.
The BBB reminds donors to check their local bureau for more information on charities working in their area. For information on national charities, visit www.bbb.org.