After Nepal earthquake, BBB offers tips to avoid relief scams

4 years 11 months 1 day ago Monday, April 27 2015 Apr 27, 2015 Monday, April 27, 2015 9:45:00 PM CDT April 27, 2015 in News
By: Hannah Saulic, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - In light of natural disasters like the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the mid-Missouri Better Business Bureau (BBB) offered tips to help consumers avoid scams from illegitimate charities.

While mid-Missourians haven't reported scams related to Nepal relief efforts, the mid-Missouri BBB said people should still be cautious because they could be targeted online or over the phone.

Mike Harrison, mid-Missouri BBB regional director, said it's human nature for people to want to help, and for people to want to help quickly.

"We want people to give, but we want them to give wisely," he said.

Harrison said when people's emotions run high, it can cloud their judgment and invite scammers to take advantage of their good nature.

The BBB offered the following tips to help people avoid donating to illegitimate charities:

1) Take the time to do research to make sure you're giving to an established charity. Harrison said charities can pop up overnight, and it's important to investigate their credibility.

2) Make sure the money you're giving is being used how you intended. Find out how much of your donation goes to helping the cause, and how much is paid to the charity.

3) Be cautious of charities with names that sound similar to legitimate organizations. Many scammers will change a word or a letter to create a new company name that's similar to a reputable organization.

4) Call the charity directly. Ask a lot of questions about the organization's background and its operations.

5) Don't give out credit card information or any other personal information if you get an unsolicited phone call.

To find out if a specific charity is reputable, the BBB suggests searching for the organization on its website.

 

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
MORGAN COUNTY - Morgan County Health Center (MCHC) posted to their Facebook page to let residents in the area know... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:32:20 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - State Representative Joe Runions is continuing his recovery from COVID-19 at home. On March 20, the... More >>
13 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:39:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson is appointing Nodaway County Associate Circuit Judge Doug Thomson of Maryville to the... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 6:05:51 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
FULTON (AP) — A church in Fulton held its first drive-in services in its parking lot as it practices social... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:55:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
CHARITON COUNTY - As more testing is done, more people are confirmed positive for COVID-19. Chariton County placed a stay-at-home... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 5:24:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More surgical masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and other equipment is being sent to healthcare facilities around... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 4:29:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People in Jefferson City and the surrounding communities woke up to damage that some have never seen... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 4:17:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
O'FALLON (AP) — The death of a person in St. Charles County from the coronavirus is the 10th in Missouri.... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:52:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A potential exposure of COVID-19 at Mexico Middle School might have occurred the last two days of... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 3:00:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — As state and commercial testing is more available for the Missourians, the number of confirmed cases is rising.... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson announced Friday that the Missouri National Guard would be mobilized to help with the... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:31:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a statewide order for people to stay at home as... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:09:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
AP — Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York’s Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours,... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:04:41 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:55:00 AM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
(AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:43:00 AM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
PARIS (AP) - Health workers in Paris received a massive show of appreciation thanks to the Eiffel Tower. The... More >>
1 day ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 11:47:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
BOSTON (AP) - States are imposing new restrictions for travelers from the New York area, the epicenter for the nation's... More >>
1 day ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 11:45:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
GREENE COUNTY - The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is "epi-linking" COVID-19 cases. A person's case is epi-linked if they... More >>
1 day ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 10:46:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
9am 50°
10am 52°
11am 54°
12pm 57°