COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
People are looking to do what they can to help after more than 4,200 people have been killed in the Israel-Hamas war.
However, the Better Business Bureau warns such large emergency relief efforts often can attract scammers trying to take advantage of people's generosity.
The BBB has many tips for donors to ensure they don't get scammed and help get their money to those who really need it. These include:
- Be wary of unsolicited calls, emails or social media posts, and check the spelling of the company's name, web address and email. The BBB said scammers sometimes impersonate trusted organizations.
- Don't fall for time-sensitive donations. Always take the time to research an organization before donating, and don't feel pressured to donate immediately.
- Research the organization's availability to help the impacted area and how they will use donations.
- Charities will always have expenses, so beware of claims that say 100% of your donation will be used for relief.
- Be careful with crowdfunding sites. The BBB said if a site says funds will go to a credible organization, give directly to that organization instead.
For anyone wanting to donate, a few creditable organizations aiding in emergency relief efforts include:
- UN Crisis Relief Fund
- International Red Cross
- Doctors Without Borders
- Save the Children
- Alliance for Middle East Peace
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