How to Detect Disaster-Relief Scams
A condominium complex in Rockport, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey struck. Photo: Rick Wilking/Reuters
Note: Specials thanks to Veronica Dagher of the Wall Street Journal with great advice on checking out a charity before giving to a hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund.
Scammers will often strike in the immediate aftermath of a disaster to seize on the charitable outpouring. Would-be donors should do due diligence before giving to charity.
Check out the charity before giving.
Donors can also go to the IRS website to see if a charity is registered. An organization that has been approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt charity won’t have dot-com or dot-biz domain address; it will only have a dot-org domain.
As I have written many, many times, we do our due diligence when vetting an investment in a company, a company's stock, a 401(K) fund, etc. Why don't we do the same before donating to a charity?
How to Detect Disaster-Relief Scams (may need a subscription to the Wall Street Journal
Here is a link to the Article in PDF format: How to Detect Disaster-Relief Scams