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Hurricane Matthew: Want to donate money? Don't get scammed

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If you want to help those impacted by Hurricane Matthew, there are several ways you can. During natural disasters there are many organizations who ask for donations worldwide.

The Better Business Bureau wants to remind all of you to research charities carefully before donating. The best way to help is to donate money to a reputable humanitarian organization with a history of responding to disasters, according to BBB managers.

The American Red Cross, a BBB accredited charity, has been a lead agency in dealing with disasters.

Other reputable organizations you can donate to; The Salvation Army and United Way of Miami-Dade.

There are various ways to donate to legitimate organizations. Some groups allow you to call, mail in, text or make a contribution online.

HELPFUL LINKS:

RED CROSS

SALVATION ARMY

UNITED WAY MIAMI-DADE

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

BBB'S SCAM TRACKER

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Experts at the Better Business Bureau say you should do a little homework first to make sure you know where your money is going.

BBB Managers say watch to always be aware of scams, and be cautious when responding to phone appeals.

Telephone appeals can be put to good use by a charity, or can be part of a deceptive campaign which can result in little money going to the claimed charitable effort.

Never be pressured to make an immediate, on-the-spot contribution decision.

BBB managers say seek out additional facts.

If you're interested in the charity, ask the caller for the charity's website address or search online on your own to obtain program, financial and other information to make a more informed giving decision.

Rely on an expert opinion when it comes to evaluating a charity. BBB managers recommend you go to give.org  to research charitable organizations to verify their trustworthiness.

You can also check to see if the charity is legitimate by visiting bbb.org.

Also on the BBB's website; Scam Tracker. Scam Tracker allows you to track where scams are in real time.

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