Earthquake Scam Alert

  Police are warning residents to be wary of any organization soliciting donations for victims of the Haitian earthquake.
  Past natural disasters have given the criminal element opportunity to solicit donations they claim are for a worthy cause.
  Investigate any requests for donations thoroughly before giving money.
  Be wary of e-mails with photo attachments that claim to show disaster areas, police said. Some attached files could contain viruses. Only open attachments from senders you are familiar with.
  Make donations to known organizations instead of having others make them on your behalf to ensure the organization receives the money.
  Do not give out personal or financial information to anyone asking for contributions, police said. Giving out such information could expose you to identity theft.
  For a list of charities approved by the Better Business Bureau, click here

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