FTC: Beware of Charity Scams – Easy Steps to Make Sure Your Hurricane Maria Relief Donations Count

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Puerto Rico home to almost 3.5 million Americans

Before you give money to help hurricane victims, the FTC has an important message: beware of charity scams. Do your research to make sure your money goes to reputable organizations.

(FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION) — Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, home to almost 3.5 million Americans.

Those of us with personal ties to the island are shocked by the catastrophe Hurricane Maria left behind. It has been sobering and emotional.

We are struggling daily to help our families and friends recover and just survive – under dire circumstances.

And Puerto Rico isn’t the only Caribbean island suffering. Our American neighbors living on the United States Virgin Islands of St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix, are also in the thick of catastrophic damage.

Americans have always been generous with their giving in moments of tragedy. And we know many of you are looking for ways to give toward recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, the USVI’s and other areas affected by this brutal hurricane season.

Because of various logistical concerns, giving money is the best – and fastest – way to help. But before you give, the FTC has an important message: beware of charity scams. Do your research to make sure your money goes to reputable organizations.

To make things easier, you can use this infographic as a guide toward making the best choice for your donation.

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