The FBI’s Springfield Office is warning the public that criminals are soliciting fake humanitarian donations during the Israel-HAMAS conflict.
With disasters – natural or manmade - comes fundraising efforts. And with fundraising efforts come scam artists, according to the FBI. Special Agent in Charge Shannon Fontenot (FONT-eh-NO) says before you donate, understand there are those out there that will prey on your kind heart and good intentions.
If looking to fund a charity, visit the website directly rather than clicking on links in emails. And “charities” asking you to pay with cash, gift cards, wire transfers, or cryptocurrency. Criminals will often encourage payment by methods that make it difficult to track or seek reimbursement.