Recent history, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ivan; the tsunamis in Asia; and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, has shown that some criminals seek to profit from disaster by means of fraud. The FBI asks that individuals beware of e-mails claiming to seek donations for Hurricane Gustav relief efforts. The FBI will be checking for fraudulent websites and e-mails and will thoroughly investigate all complaints.
Everyone should consider the following:
"People that want to donate to the victims should do so, but should make sure the donation goes to a legitimate charity. We cannot allow the kindness of Americans to be exploited in times of crisis," said Special Agent Richard Kolko, chief of the National Press Office. "We want to help ensure that the money and support so generously offered reaches the intended recipients -- the victims of Hurricane Gustav -- and that people who donate do not themselves become victims."
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