Check For Scams Before Donating

By Kevin Kitt

Check For Scams Before Donating

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - If you are wanting to donate to and help out the victims of the recent tornado tragedy in Oklahoma, make sure to keep an eye out for possible scams.

Officials warn that if you are contacted by someone asking for donations, ask questions to determine whether or not your contribution will actually go to the tornado relief efforts. Ask the person collecting for credentials, what organization they represent, if there is an address donations can be sent, etc.

Ask the person if they have a business card with a website or other information that can be verified through other reliable sources such as the Better Business Bureau or the Attorney General’s Office.

Officials also warn that If you are approached and feel someone is trying to scam you try to get as much information as possible such as a name, description of the person, description of the vehicle including color, make, and license number if possible then contact local police, sheriff, or your nearest Indiana State Police Post.

For more tips on spotting a scam, go to www.incnow.tv and click on 'News Links.'

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