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Avoid Donation Scams



    News4's Liz Crenshaw has tips on how to protect yourself from donation scams. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013)

    The devestation from Typhoon Haiyan has many asking how they can help.

    If you're looking for a way to give, the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission both have tips and advice specific to this tragedy.

    Here are some highlights from the FTC:

    • Donate to charities you know and trust. You want to find a charity with a proven track record with dealing with these disasters.
    • Be alert for charities that seem to have sprung up overnight in connection with current events. Check out the charity with the Better Business Bureau's (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar.
    • Don’t give out personal or financial information — including your credit card or bank account number — unless you know the charity is reputable.
    • Find out if the charity or fundraiser must be registered in your state by contacting the National Association of State Charity Officials.

    NBC News has also compiled a list of legitimate organizations where you can donate.