How to avoid hurricane charity scams

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Before giving money to any organization claiming hurricane relief in the United States, it’s important to do your research.

Charity Navigator has a list of reputable organizations doing their part for storm relief. Its database is a good starting place to research nonprofits.

The Internal Revenue Service has a list of search tools that reveal whether an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

If you believe an organization or individual is engaging in fraud, you can report it to the National Centre for Disaster Fraud.

The Federal Trade Commission has released tips on how to avoid fraudsters.

Read more at NY Times

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.