Scammers are making money off the pain of recent disaster victims with authorities saying they have seen a rise in the number of fake charities deceitfully manipulating outpourings of grief.

“We’re seeing a lot of American generosity at play in terms of interest on why to give to these organisations,”

The increase in fake charities have led Better Business Bureau to issue a warning to the public to improve awareness on how scammers are using QR codes to trick people into opening malicious links.

“They may even use the name of a well-known charity that you’re familiar with,” he said. “If you want to make a donation to a recognised charity that you know, go directly to the charities website and make the donations there.”

Before people donate, the BBB says to be aware of three red flags which are watch out for excessive pressure to donate on the spot, unreasonable claims, and no established presence in the country they are serving.

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