Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) April 6, 2011
The dual tragedy of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has sent charities scrambling to help thousands of people. People can use Zabasearch.com to be sure their contribution is truly reaching the people they intend to help.
Officials warn of unsolicited calls, texts and e-mails from impostors claiming to be official organizations. Some scams even use social media and fake websites to give false legitimacy. How does one know their money is actually going to help? Zabasearch.com offers several solutions for the public to protect their gifts.
To ensure your donations reach the people who need it most make sure to do some research. People need to be educated to protect the intended recipients of their aid.
- Take the time to check on a charity on Zabasearch.com. If someone receives a solicitation via phone call, be sure to take down the number of the person who called. Enter the 10-digit number to search for public records associated with the number provided on Zabasearch.com to make educated contributions. If something doesn’t add up, don’t move forward with the donation.
- Request written information from the charity. A legitimate charity will respond to the request. Be wary of any organization that claims to give 100 percent of donations to victims. All charities have administrative costs they need to cover
- Be especially careful of pleas for donations on Social Media sites. Some are genuine, but again, research the charity on Zabasearch. Don't click on links on the charity profile.
- If someone receives an unsolicited e-mail, they should simply delete it without clicking on ANY links or attachments.
- When charities ask for money, don’t give with cash. If they want the money right now, the answer is no. If a solicitor is pressuring someone for a donation, this is likely a scam.
- Be aware of the newest way to reach potential victims, texting. Just as with phone calls, go to zabasearch.com to look up the 10-digit number before responding to the text.
It is hard to imagine that people are willing to capitalize on the misfortune of others. Be sure to report any scam organizations discoveedr by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud at 1-866-720-5721 to report the perpetrators. Taking the time to ensure scammers aren’t embezzling funds is one more way to aid the people in Japan.
Zabasearch.com is a public records and people search engine that provides access to information based on a 10 digit number or name. ZabaSearch does not gather or generate information. ZabaSearch quickly accesses public information and displays what is available in the public domain. ZabaSearch simply serves as a search engine in locating available public records and does not create the records found. Information typically makes it to the public domain via a wide variety of sources, including but not limited to: phone listings, court records, real property records, subscriptions etc. Sources vary state by state and region by region.
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