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Scams Abound Online. Sob Stories Everywhere. Only Give Money When You Know Where The Money Goes.

Our consumer team advises skipping GoFundMe and donating to Hurricane Ian relief efforts run by longstanding legitimate charitable organizations.

BY: CONSUMER TEAM | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Just because you feel the need to donate money to the sob story that you see online doesn’t mean that you should.

While devastation is massive following Hurricane Ian, there is a reason why major organizations like the United Way, The Red Cross, The Cajun Navy, and others lead the charge when it comes to helping victims. They know how to utilize donated funds.

While we are not singling out “Go Fund Me,” it is the most notable of the social media sites full of people asking for help. It is unrealistic to expect Go Fund Me to police every single listing for legitimacy, but our consumer team encourages you to skip donations to people asking online and instead send money to legitimate organizations who offer help broadly.

These are a few organizations that we consider to be legitimate. It is not an exhaustive list.

The United Way. The American Red Cross. The Cajun Navy.

If you believe you are the victim of an online donation scam, please notify your local police department or the office of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody by using this link.


Paul Saperstein


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