Sandy danger: Donors warned of possible scams
WASHINGTON (KABC) -- In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, there is a warning out from government and consumer groups to be mindful of potential scammers.
Authorities say the likelihood of Sandy-related fraud reaches far beyond the East Coast.
The Justice Department is among those cautioning people to be watchful of bogus charities seeking donations, especially requests arriving through e-mail or Twitter.
They say it's wise to give to charities you are familiar with and can trust. People can alert authorities of Sandy-related fraud by calling a toll-free fraud center hotline that is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline is at (866) 720-5721.
You can help victims of the storm by sending relief checks for the American Red Cross to ABC7. Checks can be made out to: American Red Cross, with Sandy Relief in the memo line. Send checks to:
Superstorm Sandy Relief
P.O. Box 5967
Glendale, CA 91221
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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