Donate Responsibly: Not All Charities For Japan’s Aid Are Legit

By Scott Sarvay

March 14, 2011 Updated Mar 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM EDT

UNDATED (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Donations are pouring in from around the world to help those impacted by last week's disaster.

Indiana's Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau are advising consumers to make sure they give to reputable charities.

BBB officials say you need to research before giving, because often times following high profile disasters, fraudulent groups see an opportunity.

Mike Coil of the Better Business Bureau says, “The fraudulent companies that are probably popping up all over the internet trying to get people to give money to the charity, it's important that you make sure you know who you're giving it to.”

It's also important to know the money raised will go to those impacted and not mainly to administration costs.

The Red Cross has said money received from its texting campaign will go directly to Japan’s earthquake/ tsunami relief.




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