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Donating to the Nepal Relief Effort? Watch out for Scams.

The pictures from the devastating earthquake in Nepal and the Katmandu Valley have many people wanting to help. Charities and relief organizations are asking for donations. Unfortunately, fake charities and other scams take advantage of the disaster.

Appeals for donations can come from a variety of ways including social media, television, telephone, and email. Always check out a charity before contributing. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance, CharityWatch, and GuideStar provide resources to help you assess charitable organizations.

These tips can help you be an informed donor:

  • Never give on impulse.
  • Give by check or credit card not cash.
  • Keep a record of the gift.
  • If you receive an unsolicited phone call or email, don't provide your financial information.
  • Check the charitable organization's record of accountability using the resources listed above.
  • Beware of names that are similar to well-known legitimate organizations.

These articles from the FTC have more tips: