How the scam works:
(with video below) Every time there is a major disaster happening, there are criminals who are banking on the emotional decisions of those who want to help. The latest tragedy just hit Orlando, Florida, in what turned out to be the deadliest mass shooting in the United States history. There were 50 deaths and another 53 injured. Florida Governor has declared a state of emergency.
Watch the shocking video below to see the gunshots captured on video:Orlando Deadly Attack Video
Requests for fake charity donations are so common nowadays that they could happen anywhere. Needless to say, following the Orlando attack fake Red Cross accounts and campaigns started to pop up on websites like Twitter, GoFundMe, or Facebook. As several people have their hearts and wallets open for the victims of the Orlando shooting and their families, many fall victims themselves to the cause. Crooks are setting up bogus donations pages which collect victims' money and personal information.
For the time being, the safest place to donate towards the victims of the Pulse Nightclub victims is through the real Red Cross website. You can visit the American Red Cross page and donate HERE. You can also follow the Twitter account of the American Red Cross HERE.Also, there is need for blood, if you are close. OneBlood says there is an urgent need for O Negative, O Positive, and AB Plasma blood donors. You can find the hours and locations of One Blood here or reach them by phone at 1-888-9Donate.
OneBlood listed the following locations as having the Big Red Bus in the Orlando area: Metro Church, Winter Springs, St. Cloud Presbyterian, Asbury Methodist, Maitland, St. Lukes -Oviedo, AMC Theater – Altamonte Mall, 1st Unitarian – Robinson Street, St. Stephen' Longwood, Deltona Lakes Baptist, Apopka – 121 N. Park Avenue, Walmart Mount Dora, Waterford Lakes Town Center, Winter Garden Village, Old Navy near Sanford Mall.
How to avoid the Donations For The Orlando Shooting Victims scam:
You have a good heart and like to help those in need, but what you need to do is research these organizations first. All legitimate charity organizations have to be registered and will have an online presence; if they are small and claim they don’t have a website, always ask them for identification and their registration number. If you donate money, you have the right to know exactly where it is going. And really, it’s better to give, not to individuals with a collecting box, but online directly to the charity.
The Better Business Bureau has offered the following tips to make sure your donation reaches those who need it most after the Orlando shooting:
Be cautious when giving online. Especially in response to unsolicited emails, text messages, or social media posts. If you want to give to a charity, go directly to their website.
Rely on expert opinion when giving to a charity. Go to www.bbb.org/charity to research charities and relieve organizations to make sure they meet the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist relief victims. Charities always have fundraising and administrative costs. Even a credit card donation will involve, at a minimum, a processing fee.
Find out if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the impacted areas. Unless the charity already has staff in the affected areas, it may be difficult to bring in new aid workers to provide assistance quickly.
Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. Some charities may be raising money to pass along to relief organizations. If so, you may want to consider avoiding the middleman.
Gifts of clothing, food or other supplies. Drives for food and clothing, while well intentioned, may not necessarily be the quickest way to help those in need – unless the organization has the staff and infrastructure to distribute such aid properly.
How to report the Donations For Orlando Shooting Victims scam:
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