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Avoid the Charity Scams When Giving During Disasters

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With the news in Japan, many of my friends and family have been discussing where they're donating aid.

Some have already have money to some charities and others are researching their options.

I thought it would be good to go ahead and looks at how you can improve your chances of getting your financial resources in the proper hands and away from charity scam artists.

Charity Scams – How to Protect Yourself

Those with generous hearts want to make sure their help is going to those who could use it. Here are some tips to guide you during your giving process.

I'd love to hear your feedback on this important issue. If you have any additional tips or stories about avoiding scams, please leave them in the comments. I'll try to update this post regularly.

Reputable Charities That Help Those Affected by Disasters

If you're looking for a reputable organization to support, here are some big ones that have the experience to help those in need.

Please check with their site to get updates on what they are doing with each disaster, as some organizations have criteria to assess the situation before intervening.

Do you have a charity that I missed? Please include them in the comments. I'll look into them and update the list accordingly.

Thoughts on Giving During Disasters

Which organizations have you've worked with or donated to during a disaster? How did you find that charity?

Have you ever been contacted by a scam artist posing as a charity? What have you've done to protect yourself?

What advice do you have for others on avoiding scams?

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