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Cyber security experts urge caution when making donations

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused billions of dollars in damage and fundraisers and relief efforts ensued online. Cyber security experts said that donors should open their wallets with caution. (File)

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused billions of dollars in damage and fundraisers and relief efforts ensued online. Cyber security experts said that donors should open their wallets with caution.

"Some of the horror stories are a drained bank account [or] a maxed out credit card," Shawn King, director of Cyber Security at Huber and Associates said.

"Those kind of things where once they have access to the information, or if someone sends cash or something like that it's gone at that point so they have they money and they take it and run."

King said before one ever gives money, verify where that money is going and who it's going to. He said to always be cautious when there is concern.

"You need to do this now or immediately or give me your bank account number," are red flags King said to be mindful of.

While scammers are ready to take advantage of anyone they can, there are also trustworthy organizations. King emphasized that a little investigating could save a donor from a lot of problems.

"There's a site on the Better Business Bureau or the Federal Trade Commission and look at their websites and put the organization in that they're considering donating to and it will spit back some information on whether that organization is legitimate or not," he said.

King said after you have found a reputable company to send donations to, checks and credit cards are the safest method to send the funds.

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