4. Disaster Relief Scams
Unfortunately, when a disaster strikes, so do swindlers. For example, after a natural disaster, fraudsters hide behind the guise of an actual aid organization in order to con you out of your money.
You might think that you’re doing something good by donating to an emergency relief fund, but, in reality, you unwittingly give your credit card or other e-payment information.
After Hurricane Florence in 2018, scammers began targeting various parts of the country, trying to get victims to provide their personal information in order to commit fraud or identity theft.
The Attorney General of Virginia issued a notice warning residents to be more vigilant, telling them disaster relief officials would never ask for financial or other information over the phone. Only give to established, legitimate organizations.
In these situations, to avoid becoming a victim of a scam, you should visit www.guidestar.org or www.charitynavigator.org in order to check the validity of the charitable organization in question.
This next scam will have you packing your bags….. for Skid Row…..