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The Better Business Bureau warns that fraudulent charities are likely to emerge in an attempt to scam donations from the those looking to help with relief efforts in Japan. The BBB warns that not all charities are in a position to help and some are fraudulent.

“In the face of any disaster, Americans will immediately step forward with donations to aid the victims and their families. Unfortunately, poorly run and fraudulent charities will try to take advantage of the generosity of the public during a time of need,” said Patrick Bennett, Director of Community Relations for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

“Donors should be concerned about fraud and legitimacy. That is why it’s so important to take your time and do your research before donating to relief efforts.”

The BBB urges the public to do its research prior to donating. Public can click here to research charities and relief organizations to make sure that the organizations are accredited by the BBB and meet the standards for charity accountability.

BBB also warns against claims that 100 percent of donations will go to assist in helping relief victims. Also make sure your contribution to the charity is tax deductible.

Finally the BBB warns that some charities are raising funds for other relief organizations and to “avoid the middleman” when donating.

For more information on the Better Business Bureau click here .

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