Spotting charity scams during times of tragedy

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GREENVILLE (WSPA) – Many people are looking to donate in light of the recent Orlando massacre.

Just like with any tragedy, there are scammers looking to take advantage of generous donors.

The Better Business Bureau started warning people about scams just a day after this recent attack.

Experts say before you hand over your credit card information or send a check, you need to do your research to make sure your money ends up in the right hands.

Courtney Beaty with BBB Upstate says scammers use people’s emotions to lure them into donating.

“Unfortunately scammers will try to take the victims’ likeness, they’ll try to take as many details about them as possible and try to use those details in order to get money from well-intentioned people trying to donate,” Beaty says.

One of the most common methods is through fake GoFund Me pages.

People will claim to be a relative of a victim, and from there set up a page that puts the money into their own account.

GoFund Me is working to verify the pages related to the Orlando shooting.

If you want to check the validity of a charity before donating, you can contact the BBB Upstate online or by calling 864-242-5052.

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