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After Harvey, Officials Warn Of Charity Scams

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers have been helping rescue Texans from the floodwaters. Photo: FWC

As the flood waters  recede in Texas, Florida leaders are warning residents to watch out for charity scams.

Polk County Emergency Manager Pete McNally said people who want to help out after the storm should beware of phony websites and robocalls.

“We normally recommend people just go to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army if they want to go to a national site,” said McNally.

“Or if they know something local like their church or something like that, that they have faith in, is going to be delivering to a proper site, that they go that way” 

McNally said there’s a list of legitimate charities at the National Volunteer Agencies Active in Disaster website.

Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast with 130 mile per hour winds, and since then record rainfall has caused catastrophic flooding.


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