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BBB: Be aware of scammers in wake of Hurricane Dorian

Posted: 4:50 PM, Sep 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-06 08:59:19-04

BOISE, Idaho — Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas when it made landfall as a Category 5 storm this week.

Scammers are already trying to take advantage of those donating to help the victims. The Better Business Bureau says the Treasure Valley is known as a "charitable city", so international scam artists prey on us when a crisis hits

The BBB wants to remind everyone to never give personal or financial information by phone or email.

If you'd like to help victims of Hurricane Dorian, make sure to check with BBB first to verify the organization is trustworthy.

Here are some of the groups and organizations in Florida and the U.S. gathering supplies to assist victims.

WHERE TO DONATE:

WHAT TO DONATE:

Generators
Extension Cords
Work Gloves
Chainsaws & Chains
Chainsaw Bar Oil
Gas Cans
Duct Tape
Tarps
Hammers & Nails
Battery Operated Fans
Batteries
Flashlights
Bug Spray
Mosquito Nets
Unused Blankets
Cleaning Supplies
Nonperishable Food
Hygiene Products
Baby Supplies
Pet Food
OTC Medical Supplies
Solar Phone Chargers
Phone Battery Packs
Cleaning Products
Trash Bags
Disinfecting Wipes
Sunscreen
Camping Lights (Solar & Battery Powered)

Do not donate expired or unusable items. Other tips to keep in mind: find out if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the impacted areas and if it's providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. Remember to be cautious about gifts of clothing, food or other in-kind donations and understand crowdfunding .

You can report suspected scams to the BBB Scam Tracker here .