Wanting to help out those who have gone through a major natural disaster is a wonderful thing. It shows that you have compassion and understand that those people who have been affected may have nothing left. You must be aware, however, that when a natural disaster happens, scam artists use this to scam money out of people trying to help.
So if you want to donate money but do not want it to go to a scam artist, how do you know where it is safe to donate to? Usually the best way to donate money is to do it through larger, well known organizations, such as the Red Cross. You already know this organization and you already know that you can trust them.
If you receive a phone call from someone saying they are taking up a collection for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan but you do not know the person, or recognize the organization they are with, you might want to think twice before giving them money. Yes it is true that they might be legitimately collecting money to help those in the Philippians, but there is also the chance that they are a scam artist pretending to help them. Ask lots of questions, if they are not able to answer them, have a difficult time coming up with an answer, or avoid answering the question that should be a red flag to you that they may not be an actual legitimate organization.
The same goes with any emails you may get. Some scam artists will create emails and send them out saying that the email is from an organization that is raising money to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Do not just assume that they are a real organization. Try looking them up online, do some research to make sure that they are who they say they are.
Some of these scam artists are even bold enough to come to your door to tell you they are with an organization that is raising money to help those affected by the typhoon. Know this is typically something that larger organization such as the Red Cross does not always have time for so be suspicious. Just like if you were to get a phone call question them. Ask for their information and tell them you cannot donate at the moment but you can in a few days. This way you can see if they are a real organization or not.
Typhoon Haiyan was a horrible storm and the effects of it are going to last for quite some time. For those of us who cannot just go running off to the Philippians to help the recovery efforts, the best we can do is to donate money to the efforts. When we donate that money however we want to make sure that it goes to where it is supposed to go, we do not want a criminal to get ahold of it. If you do your research or stick with an organization you know is legitimate and will send that money to the relief efforts, then you can sleep soundly at night knowing no criminal got your money and you did a good thing helping those victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
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