Scammers Prey on Goodwill of Others During Hurricane Harvey

Scammers Portray Charitable Giving for Hurricane Harvey Victims

It’s unfortunate this article even has to be written.  But it does.  Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc throughout Texas, and it is clear the storm has not yet passed.  It is now, when our country works together to bring some kind of peace to those victims.  Often times, that peace comes through charitable donations.  Scammers know this.  If you choose to donate to the victims of hurricane Harvey, it is important you do so through legitimate avenues.  There have already been numerous GoFundMe accounts established to help the victims.  However, it is incredibly easy to set up another one that anyone can be behind.  There have also been sponsored ads on social media platforms with donation links.

If you want to make a donation to help the victims of hurricane Harvey, it is important you do so through a legitimate source.  Therefore, it is recommended you forego charity campaigns found on charity websites and sponsored ads and donate directly through organizations such as the American Red Cross.

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Our thoughts continue to be with the victims of hurricane Harvey.

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One thought on “Scammers Prey on Goodwill of Others During Hurricane Harvey

  1. This article lists only one charity, American Red Cross, that the author says one should donate to related to Harvey relief. The fact is that there are many legitimate charities that are providing support for Harvey victims that deserve donations.

    Some are:
    The Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
    Trans Disaster Relief Fund
    Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
    Houston Food Bank
    ORGANIZACION LATINA DE TRANS EN TEXAS

    … and there are many more.

    Rather than listing one charity and branding other charities less deserving by omission, You should suggest that the author should direct readers to research to see if the organizations are actual recoginized charities using the IRS Exempt Organization Select Check https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/exempt-organizations-select-check

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