Hurricane Harvey has been devastating to areas in Texas. We know that the good people of North Reading may have an interest in donating to help the cause. The North Reading Police Department would like to remind people that in times of crisis there are those out there that will try to take advantage of people’s generosity. This can be done by setting up fraudulent charity sites or by sending unsolicited emails requesting donations that are actually phishing scams.
If you are interested in donating for Hurricane Harvey relief, we would urge you to check the charitable organization here: Give.org to make sure the charity is legitimate. For more generalized information regarding charity scams, you can click here: Consumer FTC.
If you receive an email that is soliciting a donation, DON’T click on the link. Use the above link at give.org to check it out and then go to the website directly to make sure you are not clicking on a link that will bring you to a phony website.
For more information on phishing scams, click here.