Look out for South Carolina flood relief scams

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A nationwide consumer alert is out from the IRS, aimed to remind you to look out for those taking advantage of people's generosity.

"Fear or sadness, or sympathy about a tragedy," said North Alabama Better Business Bureau (BBB) president Elizabeth Garcia. "[Scammers] will play on those emotions in order to put you off your guard and get you to give money without stopping to think about if this is a legitimate organization."

Social media, crowdfunding sites (such as GoFundMe or YouCaring), email, phone calls, and door-to-door solicitation are common outlets for scammers.

 

Tips:

-Try to stick with reputable organizations with a history of charity, or check out any new ones

-Never give out or confirm information about yourself

-Watch out for charities with names similar to charities you know

-Never give cash

Legitimate charities can be found on the IRS website or the FEMA website.