First Comes the Disaster, then Comes Help and the Human Scum; Scammers
Once again this week, Louisiana was in the center of yet another epic tragedy. It's during the aftermath of these events that we see the best that human nature has to offer as well as the very worst... and sometimes it's hard to tell the difference.
According to Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landy, scammers are already popping up in Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Landry says, "While natural disasters can bring out the best in most people, they, unfortunately, can bring out the worst in others as well.” He added that “So many of our neighbors need help; and with that in mind, I encourage all Louisianans to make sure their donations are actually going to those in need."
How do you make sure your donation goes to a legitimate source of help for our brothers and sisters in south Louisiana? First, Landry warns about giving to charities that 'pop up' soon after a disaster. A great way to check is by going to the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance website.
Second, Landry says to try and avoid giving cash. If you're making a monetary donation, he recommends using a check or credit/debit card. Landry also suggests researching who will be receiving your donation by doing a quick search using the Federal Trade Commission's Donating through Crowdfunding, Social Media, and Fundraising Platforms webpage.
Lastly, he says you should trust your gut. It's too easy to give via another agency.
Landry asks that if you suspect someone of fraud, please report them immediately by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721.
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