BBB issues fake charities warning for Ukraine

SYLVANIA, Ohio (WTVG) – As the war in Ukraine continues, many of us are seeing mages of devastation on our televisions and computers. This may make you think about making a donation to help the people of Ukraine. Before doing so, the Better Business Bureau advises you to research anything that looks suspicious.

“One of the red flags that I always worry about is when a charity claims that 100% of your donation will help. If you, no matter what you give, 100% of it helps. charity can’t do that,” said Dick Eppstein, president of BBB Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.

In the case of Ukrainian aid, Eppstein says he is wary of donation drives to collect supplies. He explains that they can have good intentions, but can also fail.

“How are they going to get him there?” I’m afraid that some of the things that are donated and shipped there end up in a warehouse somewhere and never get to people,” Eppstein adds.

Eppstein also recommends that you exercise caution when donating through a fundraising website unless you know of a specific family who created it.

“We are always concerned about crowdfunding campaigns because a GoFundMe campaign is easy to rig,” Eppstein continued. “In every disaster, you name it, there are always imposters. There’s always some fakes that will set up a website and start sending emails and say, you know, “Don’t you want to help? And, “Donate to us!” And all that. Who are these people? Why are they contacting you? We want you to donate to charities that have boots on the ground, that are experienced, that know how to help people in times of crisis. »

That’s why the BBB has compiled a list of reputable charities. Click here to see the full list.

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