Police Reminding Citizens to be Cautious About Donating Your Money for Haiti Relief

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - As relief efforts continue in Haiti, the number of scams aimed at getting your money is starting to add up.

Unfortunately, when disaster strikes, there's always someone trying to cash in. That's why Midland Police are urging residents to be cautious when they make monetary donations.

Police say local residents are being targeted by scammers. People have been receiving mail and e-mails from groups asking them to donate money for the Haiti relief effort.

Authorities say most organizations don't have time to contact you directly. That's why it's important to make sure the organization is legitimate before you donate your money. Midland Police say it's a good idea to make donations to established charities.

"A lot of times if emails are fraudulent, they will act like organizations, but they will tell you to send money Western Union, maybe even to another country or an address not related to the organization," Sgt. Alfredo Grimaldo, with the Midland Police Department, said.

Police say you should be careful when it comes to sharing personal information and you should never give out cash. If you feel that you've been the target of a scam, contact the Police Department in your city.

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