New Jersey residents told to watch out for tsunami scammers

(01/03/05) PRINCETON ? The Better Business Bureau of New Jersey says crooks could be ready to move in on residents? charitable tsunami donations.

Although they are not aware of any specific fraud cases, a spokesperson for the bureau says there may be people out there who will try to use the disaster for their own financial gain. The Better Business Bureau urges all donators to pay with only a check or money order, not cash. They also warn residents to not give out their credit card information over the phone or via e-mail.

In addition, the bureau says it is important for donators to perform background research on their chosen charity. Bureau officials say residents should take their time and not rush into any charity contribution. Related link: BBB Wise Giving Alliance

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