The Best Ways to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

The Best Ways to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Apple is warning the public about scams created to take advantage of people trying to help out the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Research before giving. Narrow down your list of charities by asking some basic questions, like: Is the charity a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) public charity? The site has tips for donors and a specific page dedicated to dozens of highly rated charities actively involved in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

"Be wary of charities that spring up too suddenly in response to current events and natural disasters", the Federal Trade Commission websitesays.

All you have to do is drive up, and volunteers will be on hand to take your monetary donation to the Red Cross.

"This has been a real concern of mine because I love to help people and it infuriates me when you go out to help people that there's organizations out there that are not honest", said Hoffman.

But wireless companies tend to wait until you officially cover the donation's cost - by paying your bill - before passing that money along to the charity. Look for a progress report to understand how responsive the charity and if they can clearly communicate that progress. Never provide any information or payment to someone who calls you unsolicited, because you don't really know who they are. To contribute, you can simply text the word "HARVEY" to 90999.

One of the most brazen Katrina-related fraud cases Green recalled involved two men who registered a fake Salvation Army domain name - "salvationarmyonline.org" - and used it to collect almost $50,000 in donations.

The Better Business Bureau says if you want to help during disasters, when in doubt, stick to well-known organizations.

The floodwaters haven't even receded yet and creeps already are targeting Hurricane Harvey victims with a scam that gives them hope that they could be compensated for their ravaged homes.

More information about tax scams and schemes may be found at IRS.gov using the keywords "scams and schemes". It's up to each of us to make sure our donations are used wisely.

The person tells you how urgent the need is and offers to send someone to pick up your donation.

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