Scam alert issued in wake of Hurricane Sandy

Scam alert issued in wake of Hurricane Sandy


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A scam alert has been issued in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The Internal Revenue Service is cautioning generous givers to be on the look out for people impersonating charities.

They said contact from schemers may be made via e-mail, social media, phone calls or even in-person solicitation.

The IRS offered up a few tips for those wanting to make a donation for the hurricane relief efforts.

  1. Be sure to donate to well-known or recognizable charities because some phony ones will use similar names or web sites that sound or look like national organizations.
  2. Don't give out your personal or financial information such as social security or credit card numbers.
  3. Don't give or send cash. Instead, use a check or credit card. That way you have documentation for tax and security purposes.   

For more tips and information you can visit and search "scams," "schemes" or  "Hurricane Sandy."

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