Unfortunately, disasters can be opportunities for many scam artists. They come out to prey on those who are interested in helping victims of such disasters – or worse, they prey on the storm victims directly.
Hurricane Sandy might be another chance for scammers at work. We strongly encourage everyone to be aware and use these tips below from Better Business Bureau (BBB).
If you are interested in donating to help the victims:
- Rely on expert opinion when evaluating a charity;
- Be cautious with donations online or via text;
- Research charities for on-site locations at the areas impacted by the disaster, as well as whether the charity is fundraising for another organization that can be reached faster directly;
- See more tips and details here
For those who were victims of the storm looking for a repair service for their homes and vehicles:
- Require written bids that clearly identify the materials and all labor charges, as well as the beginning and end of work
- Do not pay 100% in advance for the work nor in cash
- Ask for references from local customers
- Check out their business review with the BBB
- See more tips and details from BBB here
Have other helpful hints to avoid scams and scammers? Please post a comment to tell us about them!
Our thoughts are with those suffering the wrath of Sandy!