COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - When mother nature strikes, the state of Georgia wants you to watch out for disaster relief scammers.
The aftermath of a natural disaster, like Hurricane Michael, is the perfect opportunity for scammers to take advantage of donors and those in need.
Sadly, there are people who use natural disasters to fake charities and take your money.
So, if it is on heart to help those in need, be sure you know exactly where your contributions are going.
Georgia Secretary of State and current gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp is recommending you give through vetted avenues to ensure your charity reaches those truly in need.
One thing to keep in mind about email solicitors is that anyone could easily fake an email address to make it look like a real charity.
Watch out for phone scammers, ask the person to put the request in writing and provide detailed information about the charity and program and never give your credit card or bank account information over the phone.
If you need help and your home was damaged, it is recommended to do business with local law firms to avoid home repair scams.