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BBB Warns Against Mudslide Charity Scams

Published On: Mar 29 2014 04:21:08 PM AKDT
Snohomish County Mudslide

Washington State Patrol


The Better Business Bureau warns that some Good Samaritans may fall victim to charity scams stemming from the recent mudslide in Washington state.

Since the Snohomish County mudslide that killed at least 17 people on March 22, money has poured in for rescue efforts and aid to surviving victims. The Attorney General for the state of Washington and the BBB warn, though, that some alleged charities are fronts for con artists and scammers.

"It is shameful, but some so-called charities take advantage of our generous nature," said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. "I want people to donate to charities they know and trust, if that’s their desire, and I want no one’s money used to simply line some con-artist’s pocket.”

In its consumer alert, the BBB warns generous individuals looking to donate to be wary of newer, unverified charities, or operations that require "immediate" support. Social media and fake "victim" accounts asking for money are also dangerous and should be avoided.

The BBB offers a list of verified SOS charities on their website, charities recognized for their work in situations like the mudslide in Washington where immediate response for rescue and relief are needed.