Beware of hurricane help scams

Better Business Bureau offers guidance on giving

DETROIT – As the Gulf Coast begins cleanup and recovery from Hurricane Isaac, many of you may want to help. Before you write a check or make a donation,

make sure you don't get scammed by someone hoping to profit off the disaster.

The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance offers the following tips to help donors decide where to direct your donations:


If you decide to give items like clothing, food, and other products- you will need to ask more question. In-kind drives for food and clothing, while well intentioned, may not necessarily be the quickest way to help those in need - unless the organization has the staff and infrastructure to distribute such aid properly. Ask the charity about its transportation and distribution plans. Be wary of those who are not experienced in disaster relief assistance.


It's certainly admirable to help others, but do some homework so you know your help isn't going in the wrong direction.



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