While Nepal reels from the 7.8-maginitude earthquake that crippled the mountainous nation this weekend, killing more than 3,700, relief organizations are mobilizing to offer their support to the region. But amidst the rubble and humanitarian rush, concerned Canadians should be weary of misinformation and sham charities looking to take advantage of your goodwill.
“The reality is, that period of immediate disaster relief usually is only the first few days, and I don’t think that money given now is actually going to go for that,” says Mark Blumberg, a lawyer at Blumberg Segal LLP focused on non-profit and charity law who also maintains www.SmartGiving.ca.
Last year, Canadians gave $70 million to scammers with emotional scams ranking second on the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre’s list.
“Where there’s a major disaster and a lot of media attention, you end up (with people) setting up a website or Facebook pages to help collect funds,” says Blumberg. “In some cases it’s not that they’re beingRead More »from How to avoid Nepal earthquake relief scams