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Verify Before You Donate or Share Appeals

The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs warns residents to check out charities collecting funds for Hurricane Harvey victims before they give or share appeals. 

“It’s impossible not to be moved by photos and videos of the storm damage, but if you want to help victims, make sure before you donate that your dollars will be used responsibly,” said Sheryl Harris, Director of Cuyahoga County’s Department of Consumer Affairs, “In the past, scammers have created fake charities that siphon funds away from real victims.” 

Often in the wake of disasters, organizations may tie appeals for donations to a newsworthy event, although they aren’t known for disaster relief work. Because charity rating organizations use slightly different data to evaluate, it is a good idea to check out a charity’s rating with several sites before you give.

Reputable charity ratings sites include: 

Additionally, the Ohio Attorney General, a Cuyahoga County Scam Squad partner, cautions that calls for donations on social media aren’t necessarily vetted; please do your part to check out charities before you share these appeals.  



The Department of Consumer Affairs’ mission is to make sure people who live or shop in Cuyahoga County get what they pay for.