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Bottom Line: After Storm Scams

Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 10:17 PM EDT
After the storm blows through, the scammers move in - trying to take advantage
of the situation, and your Bottom Line.

CBS 6's Dori Marlin has already
heard from the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York, wanting to get the
word out:

The damage from Sandy in the immediate Capital Region might be
minimal, but especially to our south, people need to be on guard for "storm
Homeowners affected should check with their insurance
company about policy coverage, take the time to shop around and get three
different estimates, check to see that a business has the proper credentials,
and require a written contract agreement with anyone they hire.

also asked specifically about people wanting to donate to the victims of Sandy.

BBB spokeswoman, Peggy Penders, tells her people should check
out a charity before they give to it - and verify with the state Attorney
General's office that a charity is registered to solicit donations.

Also, regarding those "text to donate" drives that pop up - the BBB
recognizes them as being a "critical tool" in helping efforts, but advises
people to give to a charity with a proven record of successfully doing such a

The American Red Cross is one such group to put on a successful
texting drive - and it is doing so again right now, to help victims of

To make a $10 donation, text the phrase "REDCROSS" to

You can also donate by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by clicking
.Bottom Line: After Storm Scams

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