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Do You Know That Disasters Bring Out The Scammers?

When disasters occur, such as Hurricane Sandy, scams appear almost immediately. The scams include fake charities, home repair rip-offs, contractor scams, fake disaster officials, and many more.

You may receive appeals for donations by email, through websites, and social media. Some appeals may even come over the phone.

Before contributing, always check out a charity. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance has reports on nationally soliciting charitable organizations. Contact the charity directly, not through an intermediary. For further tips, check out Charitable Donations: Give or Take? from the FTC.

If your home, or the home of family, or friends have been affected by the disaster , it is very important that you take the time to check out any contractor before hiring them. The following articles provides tips and links to help you evaluate contractors and other home repair services.

After a Disaster: Repairing Your Home has tips to help you avoid repair rip-offs.

This article from The Consumerist provides tips and links to state Consumer Affairs Departments for the hardest hit states.

Disaster Recovery from the FTC covers not only scams to watch out for but other tips as well.