Earthquake Relief Scams

The tragedy in Haiti is bringing out the best in people as millions donate what they can to aid Haitian relief efforts.   Unfortunately, the human equivalent of roaches and rats is also making an appearance with scams designed to try and take advantage of most people’s heartfelt generosity.

The FBI has issued a warning about unsolicited appeals over the Internet.    Web scams were common following Hurricane Katrina and the attack on the World Trade Center.    The FBI was suspicious of most of the 4,600 websites that appeared following the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

A list of valid relief organizations and ratings on the job they are doing can be found at charitynavigator.org.

Or, you can click here for a list of legitimate relief organizations compiled by the Los Angeles Times.

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