Business bureau warns of Sept. 11 scams

The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau wants to remind people and businesses that scammers may take advantage of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Donors should carefully research charities before they give.
“Unfortunately, there are good charities and bad charities, and some that call themselves charities that are flat-out scams,” said Randall Hoth, Wisconsin BBB president/CEO. “We want people to give with their heart, but use their heads.”
The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau has seen an increase in request for reviews of charities that claim to help 9/11 causes and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs recently issued a warning about a scammer calling residents in northeast Wisconsin fraudulently soliciting donations for a veterans’ clinic in Green Bay.
Before giving to a charity, the Wisconsin BBB warns consumers to, among other things, check out the organization at www.bbb.org and verify the organization’s tax exempt status and paper work at www.irs.gov/app/pub-78/ .

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