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My Take: Avoiding Relief Fund Scams

I'm always proud of the way Alabamians step up to help after disaster strikes. But I'm never surprised when people try to take advantage of that generosity. In the wake of Hurricane Isaac, the North Alabama Better Business Bureau wants those of you who want to help to do so safely, without falling victim to a scam. There are several things you can do to ensure your donation ends up in the right hands. If you want to make a donation online, go directly to that charity's website to do so. Also, make sure you are contributing to a legitimate organization. You can find a list of accredited organizations on the Better Business Bureau's website. And be suspicious of any organization that claims 100 percent of the donations go to victims. Experts say that's virtually impossible, since most legitimate charities have administrative expenses. There are other ways to protect yourself while helping others, and I've placed a link with more information in the My Take section of WAFF.com. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?

www.waff.com/story/19471805/avoid-falling-victim-to-relief-fund-scams

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