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Crime Tracker: Avoid Scammers In The Wake Of Haiyan

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KHQ.COM - Anytime there is a devastating disaster like Typhoon Haiyan, people around the world want to help. They open their hearts and their wallets. However, that also means that criminals are standing by waiting to take advantage of your generosity. Because of this, the Federal Trade Commission is reminding people again of things to remember when looking for a charity. It offers the following tips:

1) Check out any organization with the Better Business Bureau. There is a good chance it is going to be able to tell you if the charity is reputable. It is also going to be able to tell you if anyone has made complaints against the organization.

2) Do not send cash. There is no way to track cash and determine whether the money you put into the mail is going to end up with a charity. Many reputable charities do not prefer cash.

3) Only share your private information with an organization that you know is legitimate. Do not share personal and financial information unless you truly know whom you are sharing it with.

 The best way to ensure your money is going to help those who need it is to do your research.  The Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission both offer valuable tips and resources to allow you to do that before you open your wallet. It's information the BBB and FTC have shared before.

However, because scammers are continually able to take advantage of people, they continue to issue these warnings.