Be aware of disaster scams before donating to disaster relief

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Families and individuals in Illinois are still picking up the pieces and recovering from what the National Weather Services is calling, the largest tornado outbreak Illinois has ever seen in the month of December.

Before you donate to help, Better Business Bureau officials said do your research to know your money will be helping victims. They said give money to a well-established charity that has a presence in the community and be cautious before donating to a crowd funding site.

“Often in a crowd funding site you’ll see pictures of the devastation, they’re designed to pull at your heart strings and really get you to want to donate but you need to check those out as well, make sure they are real, make sure they’re not just copied and they’re used on multiple sites and its a scammer trying to get money,” said Mara Clingingsmith, BBB Regional Director.

The BBB also said if you donate items like food or clothing make sure the charity has a proper was to distribute it so those items don’t end up sitting in storage. Also, keep in mind as we speak officials in the hardest hit areas, like Christian County, are only asking for monetary donations.

WGEM Staff

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