Scammers taking advantage of Hurricane Irma donations

(WMAR) -

While the East Coast is struggling after Hurricane Irma, ways to donate are popping up online. But how can you tell if they are real or a scam?

According to the Maryland Secretary of State, John Wobensmith, donors need to be vigilant and donate wisely. Scammers might prey on you wanting to donate, and then taking the money and putting it in their own pocket. 

“Those who suffered the ravages of Irma and similar disasters need and are grateful for your generosity. Make sure that if you choose to give, that your donations are given to reputable, well-established charities,” said Secretary Wobensmith.

The office of the Secretary of State does register and regulate charitable organizations where your money will be going to the right place. Click here to see how to donate wisely.

There is also a list of charitable organizations authorized to ask for donations in Maryland. You can check the Secretary of State's website for those charities

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