A Disaster Relief Charity Scam May Consist of These Six Things

October 25, 2016

October 2016 (SAN DIEGO, CA) – With Hurricane Matthew dissipating, those impacted by the disaster are in need of every heartfelt donation our consumers are contributing. However, BBB serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties wants everyone to stay alert in the coming weeks for solicitations from unestablished individuals and organizations posing as charities.

Creating an efficient and effective charity overnight is impossible, which is why your viewers need to know how to avoid disaster relief charity scams. Beware of the red flags and avoid any charity that does one or more of the following:

BBB suggests avoiding any charity or fundraiser that does any of the following:

  • Declines to provide information about the organization or how your donation is used
  • Refuses to provide proof that your contribution is tax deductible
  • Possesses a name similar to popular, reputable trademarks
  • Pressures you into donating without allowing you to do your own research first
  • Asks for donations in cash or wired money
  • Proposes to send an overnight delivery service to collect the donation 


When is comes to donating to disaster relief, BBB encourages consumers to continue giving to those in need using educated approaches and refers them to the BBB Wise Giving Alliance website, give.org.  Here, you can find accredited charities that guarantee your donation will be put to use for the victims of Hurricane Matthew.


Better Business Bureau of San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties opened in 1921.  The non-profit is San Diego’s largest countrywide business membership organization with over 7,000 accredited businesses and charities. BBB offers free pre-purchase information and advice to consumers.  Its website possesses business reviews on more than 94,000 local companies. Consumers are encouraged to call BBB’s 24-Hour Consumer Helpline at 858-496-2131 or visit the website at bbb.org for a list of BBB Accredited Businesses or to file a complaint against a business.