Hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornados and super storms are often also followed by a sad certainty: Scams
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office issued a press release on Thursday warning that con artists are already soliciting donations for the victims of Hurricane Sandy that battered much of the East Coast.
Prosecutors are warning that these crooks claim to represent community organizations or well-known charities in raising money that they actually pocket themselves.
The DA says that you shouldn't fall for their pitches when they call, email you, or even knock on your door.
To make sure your donation for relief efforts reaches those affected by a disaster, the District Attorney’s Office recommends the following:
Red flags that the solicitor is a con artist:
Do’s and Don’ts:
If you have questions or believe you are a victim of a scam, call the District At District Attorney’s Office Consumer Protection Unit at 408-792-2880.