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Japan's Earthquake: How to Avoid Charity Scams
Most of us feel a need to help when a tragedy like the one in Japan happens. The article gives tips and advice to avoid the scams.
In the wake of disasters like the earthquake and tsunami that just hit Japan, many people will reach for their checkbooks to contribute to charities assisting in the relief effort. But before you do, it's important to make sure you're not getting scammed into giving your money to the wrong people.
Sadly, some scammers will try to take advantage of tragedies by setting up fake charities and getting unsuspecting victims to donate to what they believe are relief efforts. And even some legitimate charities are nevertheless unworthy of your hard-earned dollars, either because they're ill-equipped to handle large disasters or because too much of their money is spent on overhead.