disaster scams

4 Steps to Smarter Donations

Posted on 12/10/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsCharities typically receive more than 40 percent of their donations in the last few weeks of the year. Some December donors are motivated by the season’s mantra of giving. Others are eager for an eleventh-hour tax deduction before the year-end deadline. All should take four simple steps to get the most bang from their donation bucks: 1. Do your homework. The major and most useful watchdogs include Charity Navigator, CharityWatch and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance. They rate charities on how they …

Sandy Scams: Beware Repair Fraudsters

Posted on 10/29/2012 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsConsumer advocates are warning homeowners to be extra careful if they need to hire contractors to repair storm-related damage in the wake of Sandy. Natural disasters tend to bring out what the Better Business Bureau calls “storm chasers,” people who take advantage of homeowners who need help with cleanup, wind and flood damage, roof repairs and more. [See 11 ways to avoid costly home repairs.] First,  check with your insurance company to see what your policy covers. Save all receipts, including …