(MIDDLE TN) The the recent mass shooting tragedies in both Texas and New York, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns of scams that are already being tried in this axrea.
Here in the HEART OF TENNESSEE, the public is looking for opportunities to help. Contributing to fundraisers is usually the best solution. Unfortunately, scammers use times of tragedy to take advantage of kind-hearted individuals.
The BBB's James Price was on WGNS and warned donors to be aware of potential scams before donating money to organizations helping victims of recent tragedies.
He said, "We always encourage generosity. We understand individuals want to assist immediately, but it is important to pause and do some research."
BBB suggests that donors not assume that everyone using the names or photos of victims has received permission from families to do so. They also urge donors to be cautious about appeals that do not specifically identify the intended use of funds.
Price noted, "Donors should visit the Give.org website where they can verify if a charity meets the BBB standards for charitable accountability. Taking this first step will help reduce confusion and the potential for scams."
The BBB provides four tips to help anyone interested in providing monetary support to assist families during these tragedies. Review crowdfunding sites to find out transaction fees and other specifics. Before donating to a celebrity's fundraising effort, look beyond the fame and see if they identify plans for the intended use of funds. Beware of vague appeals for money that do not identify how funds will be used. Additionally, never click on links to unfamiliar charity websites sent through text messages or email.
Anyone can report suspected fraud to the BBB by filing a complaint using BBB.org/Scamtracker.
Donors can read more tips on charitable giving by visiting Give.org, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance website.
The Better Business Bureau is a nonprofit organization established in 1954. The mission of the Better Business Bureau is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.