Donating money on the internet is a gamble, that’s why the Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Agency has issued a warning about donation scams in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton. You are advised to be aware of fraudulent emails, social media posts, donation websites, and even people walking from door-to-door soliciting donations.
There are a few things you should consider to avoid donation scams. Before you send money to charities or crowd-funding campaigns, do a little research to see exactly where your money is going. You should also be cautious when it comes to opening email attachments. Do not click on links in unsolicited email messages asking for money.
Be on the lookout for fraudulent pleas and donations ads on social networking sites. Even with all the scams, don’t get discouraged. Doing the proper research and giving to a charitable site can be an important part of healing after a national incident.