Scammers are expected to use Hurricane Matthew as a way of tricking people out of their money.  These crooks pay close attention to natural disasters and current events, and experts at the Better Business Bureau want you to be generous if you are so inclined, but keep your guard up for those who are looking at this disaster as a way to make a buck.

People who want to help victims are being urged to donate to the Red Cross or another legitimate agency.  The BBB's Bill Smith tells The Big Z every natural disaster is followed by crooks and scammers.

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He says you should be cautious when giving online to unfamiliar charities. Be wary of spam messages and emails that claim to link to a relief organization. And if you decide to give, ask if you are speaking to someone from the charity or to a professional fundraiser.  Professional fundraisers will often keep a significant percentage of every dollar they raise.

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