BBB warns of scam charities following Orlando shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — In the wake of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting, the Better Business Bureau is warning people who want to donate money to help those impacted.

After a major disaster or tragedy, the BBB sees an increase in fraudulent charities soliciting donations.

“This is a worthy cause to give to,” BBB CEO Kathleen Calligan said. “But, before you click, do your homework.”

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The BBB said you should but wary of charities who solicit donations door to door. Also, be careful of charities that pop-up and do not have a track record of charitable giving that you can verify.

Joey Amato is publisher of UNITE Nashville, a magazine that focuses on the LGBT community.

Amato has close ties to Orlando and spent 8 years living there in college. He is collecting donations for The Center, Orlando’s LGBT Community Center, that is offering crisis management and other resources to those impacted by the shooting.

Amaze said he started working to raise money for The Center after seeing some questionable fundraising sites collecting money.

“100 percent of the money will go to The Center,” Amato said. “We are also going to have a booth at Nashville’s Pride Festival where people can make donations and buy shirts we are selling.”

For more information about protecting yourself from a charity same head to the www.bbb.org

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