Before you make a donation to help those people affected by Hurricane Sandy, take the time to see if the charity is legitimate. With disasters comes fundraising efforts. And with fundraising efforts come scam artists, according to the Better Business Bureau of Central Illinois, located in Peoria. Vice President Jessica Tharp says before you donate, check with the BBB.

“Consumers can go to and check out any company and charity nationwide and in Canada,” Tharp said. “So that’s going to give you a good resource to check these companies out to make sure they are worthy of your donation.”

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Tharp says social media has made it easier for scammers to get your money. She says be wary of donation seekers utilizing media such as Twitter or Facebook.

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