Investigators with the Better Business Bureau are warning about possible scams in the wake of the tornado in Harrisburg. Bill Smith says scam artists are likely to use the tragedy as an opportunity to take advantage of people's generosity. Smith offers advice if you are solicited for donations to tornado relief.
He says you should ask questions or request more information about how the donation will be used, ask if the person asking for donations is a professional solicitor, and if so, how much of the donation will actually go to the charity. He says while there is no particular threats that have been identified, it is a good thing to be suspicious.
He says you should beware of groups using names similar to large, well respected organizations. As always, you should be wary of unsolicited emails. Do not give cash, and don't ever give your credit card number to a fundraiser over the phone. If you pay by check, you should use the full name of the organization and not make the contribution out to the fundraiser.