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#HurricaneHarveyRelief: How to Spot a fake charity

#HurricaneHarveyRelief: How to Spot a fake charity

Around four feet of rain has fallen in the city. Harvey has broken the national record for rain from a single tropical storm. Roadways are now rivers. Thousands have been rescued from flooding homes, and search efforts are still underway. With all these startling facts, I started wondering if there were any fake charities that would try to take advantage of all of this.

With that in mind, we came up with a few ways to avoid spending your money on Fake Charities.

According to Charity Navigator, here are some of the highest-rated local non-profits working in the Houston area:

-- Americares

-- Direct Relief

-- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

-- Convoy of Hope

-- Save the Children

Here are a few signs to look out for when working with charities.

-- A charity solicits your donation by phone or email. If you're getting aggressive solicitations, that's usually a bad sign. Avoid those charities that do this

According to the IRS, "Be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. Some phony charities use names or websites that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations.”

-- See if the charity has boots on the ground.Many don't, but will be more than happy to accept your donation. If you want to target your contribution to "direct" relief groups, then you need to do a little research.

-- Be wary of crowdfunding. Although this way of raising money on social media can be effective and fast, these sites are hard to vet. You don't know where the money is headed.

We're having a drive in NYC for Hurricane Relief: 

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