How to avoid donation scams as severe weather hits Florida’s Gulf Coast

Scammers may take advantage of tragedy

Tips on how you can avoid donation scams as severe weather hits Florida's Gulf Coast The people of Florida will need help over the coming days, weeks, and possibly months. Before you donate, there is vital information to help make sure your money actually gets to people who need it now.

The people of Florida will need help over the coming days, weeks and possibly months amid significant damage and hazards caused by Hurricane Ian.

But, before you donate, there is vital information to help make sure your money actually gets to people who need it now. Scammers will be trying to take advantage of the tragic situation.

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.