MoneyGram and ScamAwareness.org Warn of Potential Charity Scams Following Hurricane Harvey Disaster
"Unfortunately, criminals often exploit disasters for their own gain by creating fake charity names with bogus websites to solicit contributions through email, phone calls or social media," says
Other tips to prevent becoming a victim of a charity scam include:
- Do not share personal or financial information unless the charity is confirmed to be reputable.
- Avoid giving to organizations who say they only accept donations via cash or a wire transfer.
- Do not open unsolicited emails that show alleged disaster pictures, they may be viruses used to steal personal information.
Consumers should also look closely at the name of the organization. Many times a fake charity's name will be similar to a well-known organization, only off by a word or two. Consult the IRS website for legitimate, tax-exempt charities.
Consumers should call 1-800-MONEYGRAM (800-666-3947) if they believe MoneyGram was used to wire money as a result of a Hurricane Harvey related charity scam. This information can be helpful in stopping others from being scammed by the same scheme.
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