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Published November 01, 2012, 04:57 PM

Disaster scams warning

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Many people are trying to figure out how they can help, but they also need to look out for scammers.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Many people are trying to figure out how they can help, but they also need to look out for scammers.

Fraud cases often jump when disaster strikes and experts say as cleanup from Sandy continues, they'll only get worse. Consumers looking to donate money or goods need to be aware of fake charity websites, junk mail, and suspicious phone calls- all looking to take advantage of them.

They often disguise themselves as look-a-likes to legitimate charities.

Joshua Huffman, the Village Financial Counseling Supervisor, says, "I'm always kind of amazed how these scam companies, they can pop up out of nowhere overnight and there are a lot of them and they're very savvy. They're very good at sounding legitimate, so the more questions you can ask the better. Also, it's important to do your research."

Huffman says the best thing to do is decide where you want to donate, then contact that charity directly instead of waiting for someone to contact you.

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