If you survived Harvey, you could be targeted by people who are trying to steal your money by preying on your heartstrings. Tarleton State University’s Dr. Alex del Carmen is the Executive Director of the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies.
del Carmen said be prepared to do your homework to research these organizations wanting you to give money.
“I would say to anyone calling me, let me get you call you back, let me have a phone number and let me have a URL where I can go in and verify that that information is accurate,” said del Carmen.
He said to donate on your time, after you can confirm it is a legitimate charity where you’re donating money. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau if a charity is validated.
The BBB where also be where you turn to, if you are a victim of a charity fraud scam. However, he warns that these people have you send the money overseas, so it’s not easy to get your money back.