Caution urged in Katrina aid donations

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  1. DannyC

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    LOS ANGELES, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Less than a week after Hurricane Katrina battered the U.S. Southeast, liars, cheats and thieves are stealing donations intended for storm victims.

    Armed with emotional appeals to donate and often mimicking the names of legitimate organizations, crooks are fleecing millions of dollars that unsuspecting donors believe are going to disaster victims, experts told the Los Angeles Times.

    The warning sign of a dubious charity or investment is the pitchman's sense of urgency, said Trent Stamp, executive director of Charity Navigator. The New Jersey-based watchdog group operates the charitynavigator.org advisory Web site.

    Stamp recommended prospective donors to hurricane relief should choose the organization and initiate the contact, and turn away unsolicited phone calls or e-mails.

    The Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance also has donation advice and information at its Web site, give.org.

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