The Better Business Burea of Virginia says that scammers may be trying to get your money by taking advantage of the tragedy in Asia.
The bureau cautions that some calls for money from companies on the internet may not be legitimate.
The Better Business Bureau has these recommendations:
- Examine your options instead of giving to the first charity from which you receive an appeal.
- Be wary of appeals that are long on emotion, but short on what the charity will do to address the specific disaster. Ask specific questions and demand specific answers.
- Do not let the urgency of the need influence you to give cash; always make a check out to the full name of the charity.
- Ask how much of your gift would be used for the disaster mentioned in the appeal, and how much would go towards administrative and fund raising costs. Don't believe it if someone tells you there are no fundraising or administrative costs.
You can check the reputation of the charity by looking online at www.bbb.org