Nebraskans are being warned about scam artists looking to cash in on the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. Consumer advocate Geoff Greenwood says email phishing scams and unsolicited phone calls are an unfortunate likelihood after such a massive tragedy.
Greenwood suggests giving to established disaster relief agencies like the American Red Cross or to at least take time to check out the charity group before you donate.
“If you’re dealing with someone who calls you or emails you and you’ve never heard of them before, I’d be very careful before giving them a dollar,” Greenwood said. If you receive an unsolicited email, Greenwood says it’s best to simply hit delete.
While most charities seek money, he says don’t pay in cash. Pay by check or credit card on a secure website, which will also help you keep records for security and tax purposes.