On Your Side: Bridge Tragedy Scams

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News 12 at 6, August 3, 2007

Another tragedy and another round of scams trying to take advantage of people's good will.

This time you need to be the lookout for scams involving the deadly Minneapolis bridge collapse.

It seems like anytime there is a big tragedy like Hurricanes Katrina and Rita or the Virginia Tech shootings, some less-than scrupulous people try to take advantage of the situation for their own personal gain.

The FBI says you can expect that to happen now in the wake of the Minneapolis bridge collapse.

People will be posing as a charitable organization on the phone and through emails to try to steal your money.

Unfortunately, that means you need to be vigilant not only after this tragedy, but after any others in the future.

"In these types of instances the frequency of email solicitations goes up and folks should remember common sense and good judgment should prevail." said FBI agent Anthony Russo.

You'll want to be very skeptical of any unsolicited emails or phone calls asking for donations.

If you want to donate to help the victims of the bridge collapse and their families, make sure you do it with organizations you know and trust like the Red Cross or the Salvation Army.



 
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