The earthquake in Haiti is a terrible tragedy, sadly, made even worse by scammers who seek to steal money from willing donors, according to KOMO News.
Internet donation campaigns have popped up overnight thanks to social networking sites like twitter and facebook. Many of these organizations are legitimate but many are not, so how can you tell as a donor which ones are good and which ones are bad?
Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and AT&T have banded together and started a texting campaign; if you text 'Haiti' to 90999, you will get a confirmation message about your donation. If you respond 'yes,' $10 is donated to the Red Cross.
As for the scammers, donors should be wary of phone calls or e-mails asking for donations. However, if you do get a call from a scammer asking for donations ask where is the organization is located, if they are registered with the state, how donations will be used and what percentage will go to help the quake victims.
You can also check out BBB's Wise Giving Alliance
page for more details about which charity to give to and your local government charity website
. To find out more about which charities provide relief, check out this BBB article: Charities Providing Haiti Earthquake Relief
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