After any tragedy, fake donation emails and websites surface. It is always a best practice to contribute to mainstream organizations like Red Cross or Salvation Army.  Verification that a site is official will ensure funds are properly received by those in need.

QUOTE: McDaniel says he expects to see scams emerge on services including yard cleanup, reconstruction and tree-trimming, as well as disaster relief. He said state law requires that most charitable organizations register with his office prior to soliciting donations. McDaniel said people should contact the charities division of the consumer protection division of his office before giving money to an unfamiliar charity. People who want to give money can donate to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Fund in North Little Rock, he added.