When large scale tragic events occur, many scammers immediately jump in to take advantage of the situation and often cause more pain for those trying to help victims.
As scams continue to be discovered following the Boston Marathon bombing and the Texas explosion, the Better Business Bureau is warning donors to be extra diligent when giving.
Charity cons prey on the public's good will by setting up fake charities or social media accounts to take advantage of generous donors.
These charity scams may take different forms:
Another scam that promptly shows up following a major news event is videos or photos that link to a phishing website or download malware onto the computer. Be diligent in analyzing the source of these videos and photos and only click on them if they come from a trusted source.
The BBB offers these tips for donating to a relief effort:
The BBB can also be reached at 402-436-2345 or 800-649-6814 for national charity reviews for those without access to a computer. Go to www.bbb.org for more information.