January 15, 2010
Posted: 01:19 AM ET
By Tracy Turner
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
The Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio is offering advice to people who want to donate money to help earthquake-ravaged Haiti but avoid scammers who want to take advantage of their generosity.
"Not only do Americans need to be concerned about avoiding fraud, they also need to make sure their money goes to competent relief organizations that are equipped and experienced to handle the unique challenges of providing assistance," said Kip Morse, president of the consumer-advocacy group.
To do that, consumers should:
• Check www.bbb.org/charity to verify that charities and relief organizations are accredited by the BBB.
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