Tornadoes like the ones that hit North Texas and other disasters have long-lasting effects. "But all too often, thieves see them as picture-perfect opportunities," reported Ginger Allen on CBS11-TV, Dallas - Fort Worth.
In March, the family of a 6-year-old shooting victim warned investigators that a fake website appeared to be raising money for them after the Newtown school tragedy.
“Even if there is a website and it’s using someone that is known, you want to follow up and check on that before you give, “ explained Jeannette Kopko of the Dallas Better Business Bureau (Dallas BBB).
Following the Boston Marathon bombing, Twitter shut down a questionable account. It promised a one dollar donation to followers who re-tweeted the message.
“We don’t know what the true purpose of the account was. It may have been data mining to gather information about twitter holders, “ said Kopko.
Kopko says the schemes are on-line and “on-foot.” Victims of the recent tornadoes now have to watch out for contractors come door to door to discuss repairs.
BBB compiled a list of roofing contractors in the Dallas area with “F” ratings. Kopko says some of the complaints were filed after last year’s spring storms. For the list, see: http://www.dallas.bbb.org/article/As-Tornado-Recovery-Begins-BBB-in-Dallas-Lists-Roofers-with-F-Ratings-41959
"The bottom line is simple. Before you sign a contact, click on a link, text, or donate, you need to stop and check out the business or charity first," Ginger Allen said.
To see the story, go to: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/05/17/i-team-beware-of-after-storm-scams/
To check out a business or charity, start at www.bbb.org. Or use the free BBB iPhone app, www.bbb.org/iphone.
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