Fake Hurricane Relief Charities
Fake fundraising emails are nothing new. The Make-A-Wish Foundation reports that fraudulent email and Facebook pleas circulate still on behalf of Max, Amirtha, Jessie Anderson, Shane Bernier, Matt Dawson, Chad Briody, Amy Bruce, Jeff DeLeon, Rhyan Desquetado, Anthony Hebrank, LaNisha Jackson, Nikisha Johnson, Craig Sheldon, Craig Shelton, Craig Sheppard, Bryan Warner and Kayla Wightman.
Now, with Hurricane Matthew ravaging the US Eastern Seaboard and having struck Haiti, fake fundraising emails (and, we presume, social media traps) tug at our hearts and wallets. Let the giver beware, says the Dayton Daily News:
"People in the U.S. have already begun to give money to relief efforts. Some people use natural disasters to steal money through fake websites, said Sheri Sword,Vice President of Communications with the Dayton Better Business Bureau.
'Anyone can go copy pictures and logos from a legitimate organization and start taking donations,' Sword said.
The fake charities may use the names of legitimate organizations or names that are similar. The BBB said you should avoid opening emails asking for your credit card information to make a donation.
'You should ask for their phone number, website and address,' Sword said."
The article and AUGNM advise doing your homework. Use CharityNavigator to do your due diligence.