Beware of Fire-related Scams and Requests for Donations

  
     
June 20, 2013
Your Better Business Bureau is advising the public to be aware of scams related to the Black Forest Fire, as well as the other fires in Colorado. As with the Waldo Canyon Fire last June, we expect a number of scams to emerge, mostly related to collecting donations to help the victims. These include the creation of fake websites, as well as solicitations via email, text, social media sites and people going door-to-door.

Our community has proven its desire and commitment to help one another, and unfortunately, scammers are well-aware of this fact. When disaster strikes, it’s important to be vigilant about how to best help the victims.

Stick with charitable organizations you know such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the United Way. If you would like to help or make a donation, contact the organization directly.

Remember, do not give any money – especially cash – to anyone you do not know, or any business you have not thoroughly researched. Go to www.give.org to research an organization and verify they are legitimate.