As Hoosiers deal with one of the driest Augusts in history, people in Texas and Louisiana are faced with almost 50 inches of rain and catastrophic flooding after Harvey.
People see the tragic images and immediately want to help but the attorney’s general office says people should respond with caution. Traditionally, scammers have used natural disasters as a way to get in your wallet when your heart wants to help.
Also, be careful clicking on email links or pop ups soliciting donations. “Anyone who wants to donate and provide any sort of supplies or money should do that through a reputable disaster relief or other organizations, one that you’ve heard of before,” says Consumer Protection Division Betsy Isenberg.
Well known organizations like the Salvation Army, United Way and the Red Cross have text and phone lines available. For the time being, the big push is for financial donations because goods will have a hard time reaching families for a while.