Scam of the day – October 9, 2017 – Las Vegas shooting victims charity scams

Too many times since I have first started writing Scamicide.com I have had to warn you about lowlife scammers taking advantage of people wanting to help the victims of tragedies such as the recent attack on concert goers in Las Vegas and the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.  Scammers will call you, text you, email you or set up websites with the intent to steal your charitable donations.  In the case of phony charity websites, they are sometimes set up to appear to be those of legitimate charities with which you may be familiar.

TIPS

Go to www.charitynavigator.org before you consider giving to any charity.  This free website will let you know if the charity is legitimate or a scam.  It will also tell you how much of what it collects actually goes toward its charitable work and how much it spends on salaries and administration expenses.  You can also get from charitynavigator.org the phone number and website of charities that you may wish to consider.  When you are called by someone purporting to be from a charity, you can never be sure who is really calling you.

Here is a link to the page of charitynavigator.org with a list of legitimate charities aiding in the Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5356&from=homepage

Here is a link to the page of charitynavigator.org with a list of legitimate charities aiding the victims of the Las Vegas concert shootings.

A legitimate GoFundMe effort called the Las Vegas Victims Fund was started by the Nevada’s Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak to help the victims of the Las Vegas shootings.  Here is a link to that page.

https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund