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How to help the earthquake victims in Ecuador and Japan

20-Apr-2016
 

The devastation caused by earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan have left people asking how they can help. 

If you’re looking for a way to give, the Federal Trade Commission urges you to do some research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised. 

Urgent appeals for aid that you get in person, by phone or mail, by e-mail, on websites, or on social networking sites may not be on the up-and-up. Unfortunately, legitimate charities face competition fromfraudsters who either solicit for bogus charities or aren't entirely honest about how a so-called charity will use your contribution. If you’re asked to make a charitable donation, consider these tips:  

For more on the questions to ask and for a list of groups that can help you research a charity, go to Charity Scams.

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