Human tragedies such as the murders of ten people at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas bring out the best charitable impulses of many people, but unfortunately, they also bring out the worst impulses in scammers who use tragedies such as this to solicit contributions to phony charities and GoFundMe campaigns. Scammers also will send out emails and text messages that purport to contain links to information about the shootings that contain malware which when downloaded can result in your identity being stolen.
In general when making charitable donations, in order to make sure that your charitable donations are going to where they can do the most good, make sure that any charity to which you wish to donate is legitimate.  You can do this by going to and learn not just if the charity is a scam, but also how much of donations to the particular charity is spent on salaries and administrative expenses rather than going to the charitable purposes of the charity. 
If you are contacted by phone, email or text message from a charity, you can never be sure that the person contacting you is legitimate even if he or she uses the name of a legitimate charity.  In that case, if you are charitably inclined, your best course of action is to contact the real charity directly by phone or at an email address that you know is accurate to make your donation.
As for any email or text message with a link that may tempt you to click on it, you should never click on any link or download any attachment unless you have confirmed that it is legitimate. For reliable information about newsworthy events, limit your sources to those that you know are legitimate.
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