Indiana State Police warn of tornado relief scams

The Indiana State Police (ISP) issued a warning today regarding con artists soliciting donations for Oklahoma tornado victims. The warning reads, “Hoosiers should be aware of people taking the opportunity in light of the recent catastrophic events in Oklahoma to play on the generosity of those willing to help out monetarily. Citizens are cautioned to be skeptical of those going from door-to-door or making individual phone calls to residents claiming to be collecting for tornado relief.” See the entire ISP warning.

As I wrote in an earlier post, if you don’t already have a favorite national response organization (e.g. the disaster response branch of your church denomination), a good way to choose a recipient for your donation is to visit the website of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and choose one of its member organizations. NVOAD members include the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other well-known and lesser-known national organizations who respond to disasters.