An important reminder about post-disaster scams   Leave a comment

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It’s a shame this reminder needs to be said but unfortunately, it does. As most of you know, there are those who will use devastating disasters like Hurricane Harvey to make money off people.

You should ONLY donate money to trusted organizations. This includes online crowdfunding campaigns. I checked GoFundMe.com over the last few days and already the site has started taking down scam campaigns. They’re not going to take any chances this time as they were unable to stop some fraudulent campaigns from withdrawing raised funds in the aftermath of the last few natural disasters that got alot of attention.

This is a fair warning to those thinking of or planning to make a crowdfunding campaign on behalf of someone effected by Hurricane Harvey: The sites are paying VERY close attention. They are taking every precaution to protect potential donors from fraudulent campaigns. Criminal prosecution in addition to paying back every dime you withdrew IS on the table. So, keep that in mind if you even consider trying to take advantage of the kindness of strangers trying to make a difference.

On that note. I am planning to launch two GoFundMe Campaigns to help two people I know who were personally impacted. More info on that will come by the weekend.

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