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With Sandy, scammers could take advantage

ALBANY, Ga. -- Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the coastal areas of New Jersey and New York. People who wish to help should be aware that the unscrupulous could take advantage.

The Better Business Bureau's "Wise Giving Alliance" recommends that people steer clear of Sandy scams. It offers the following tips:

n Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist relief victims. If a charity claims 100 percent of collected funds will be assisting hurricane victims, the truth is that the organization still has fund-raising and administrative expenses.

n Find out if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the Sandy-affected area. Unless the charity already has staff in the affected areas, it may be difficult to bring in new aid workers to provide assistance quickly.

n Avoid the "middleman" charity. Some charities may be raising money to pass along to relief organizations. If so, you may want to consider "avoiding the middleman" and giving directly to those that have a presence in the region.

n Question gifts of clothing, food or other in-kind donations. The organization needs the staff and infrastructure to distribute such aid properly. Ask about transportation and distribution plans. Be wary of those who are not experienced in disaster relief assistance. n Be cautious when giving online. Avoid emails and social media posts that claim to link to a relief organization. If you want to donate, go directly to the charity's website. Research charities and relief organizations at bbb.org/charity.

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Amazed2 1 year, 10 months ago

My heart goes out to those devastated by the hurrucane in the north.. With all the devastation I have to cmmend the people of the region Certainly not the crazy looting of the stores and businesses like what happened with the population of New Orleans after Katrina. There in New Orleans people robbing and looting stores while wadind thru waste deep fllood waters. Again people of the north I commend you.

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VietVet1 1 year, 10 months ago

The country of Haiti is still waiting on all the donations Red Cross and others collected. Money collected could have made every man, woman and child a millionare - go figure.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Good thing that in Albany the scammers mostly deal with selling crappy cars at exorbitant prices to people who can't afford it ("Buy Here Pay Here") and pawning car titles and cash advance people. And we got a million of 'em.

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RedEric 1 year, 10 months ago

Looting has started on Coney Island. They are looting with shopping carts yelling "they robbed from us and now it is payback time". They took flat screen from rent a center and "top shelf" liquor and emptying out a rite aid. In Hackensack 20,000 stranded people are complaining the they are not being brought food and water. The thieves and idiots are everywhere in our country. This will acquaint more of the country with them and the You Owe Me attitude.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

They're just following Obama's lead. "You didn't build that" and hating on people who have worked hard for success and achieved it. Obama's class division talk has poisoned this country more than ever and caused many people to think they have a license to steal from "those that are more fortunate". Yeah, they became "more fortunate" through hard work, not sitting out on their front porch all day.

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VietVet1 1 year, 10 months ago

Too bad store owners don't own a good ole pump shotgun. That's what is now needed for the 'You Owe Me'

Guess the previous weeks news on the upcoming storm warning didn't mean anything to those stranded now.

A model country is Japan, look how well they're recovering from their disaster.

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

I inagine the so called "Irish Rovers" will be targeting this area heavily. They are professional Scammers, Con Artists and Thieves. A known entity with a home area in South Carolina. They have been the central point in many News Programs about home improvement scams, and even been the subject of several TV police shows. How they continue to operate only shows how ineffective our Law Enforcement is on those issues. Use the BBB and your insurance company, and have patience. Look out for your elderly neighbors, as some of them are more susceptable than the average Citizen, and often targeted.

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