Thankfully, we live in a very generous community, full of people who don’t hesitate to go out of their way to lend a helping hand. As news of the devastating earthquake in Japan and the resulting tsunami continues to develop, rescue and aid services are sure to rush in. Unfortunately, that usually means criminals are not far behind.
If you want to donate money to help victims of this, or any disaster, please make sure you do a little homework first so you don’t become a victim of a scam. Before you give anyone any money, make sure you are 100% confident you know who you are giving the money to and what they will do with it. You can start by researching companies online, but don’t stop there. Make phone calls, or better yet, find a local chapter for your charity of choice and stop in to hand over your donation.
There are a lot of great charities out there doing great work. Make sure that you are connected with a legitimate charity or organization so that your money doesn’t end up in a scammer’s hands.