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Sandy danger: Donors warned of possible scams

November 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, there is a warning out from government and consumer groups to be mindful of potential scammers.

Join ABC7 and the American Red Cross at relief drives Thursday and Friday to raise money for the victims of superstorm Sandy

Authorities say the likelihood of Sandy-related fraud reaches far beyond the East Coast.

The Justice Department is among those cautioning people to be watchful of bogus charities seeking donations, especially requests arriving through e-mail or Twitter.

They say it's wise to give to charities you are familiar with and can trust. People can alert authorities of Sandy-related fraud by calling a toll-free fraud center hotline that is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hotline is at (866) 720-5721.

You can help victims of the storm by sending relief checks for the American Red Cross to ABC7. Checks can be made out to: American Red Cross, with Sandy Relief in the memo line. Send checks to:

Superstorm Sandy Relief
P.O. Box 5967
Glendale, CA 91221

See photos of superstorm Sandy along the East Coast

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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