As storm victims in Iowa and across the Midwest and South clean up after severe weather, many people will reach out to help.
There will also be scammers looking to take advantage of peoples’ generosity. There are ways to avoid becoming a target.
Fraud experts say if you’re solicited to help tornado victims, you should get the name of the charity and what percentage goes directly to the advertised cause. You should also verify the charity authorized the solicitation
Don’t hand over any financial information until you’ve reviewed all the facts.
Get a receipt and pay with credit card or check. Also make sure the check is made out to the charity, not the solicitor.