Consumers wishing to donate money to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines Nov. 8 should follow these steps to help ensure that their donations are actually going to relief efforts and not scammers:
Before committing to give, gather as much information as you can about a particular charity.
If you are contacted over the phone, ask for written documentation. If the caller says there aren’t any written materials the charity can send, that is a warning flag it may not be legitimate.
Do not give in to any high-pressured tactics such as asking you to send cash or give away bank information.
Be especially wary of any charity that pops up in the wake of a natural disaster. Generally, it’s better to give to an established organization that has the infrastructure to get help where it’s needed. A list of organizations that are helping Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts can be found here.