Edmonton

Watch for earthquake charity scams, RCMP warn

People who want to donate to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief effort should watch for phony websites and spam email boxes created by fraudsters, Edmonton RCMP warned Tuesday.

People who want to donate to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief effort should watch for phony websites and spam email boxes created by fraudsters, Edmonton RCMP warned Tuesday.

RCMP said anyone who wishes to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami should donate to reputable humanitarian organizations with a record of providing disaster relief.

They warn people not to respond to direct email solicitations or click on links inside the message or other website.

People should write cheques directly only to the charity and not hand over cash to a courier, police said.

RCMP also said donors should find out how the donation will be used, and be wary of anyone who says 100 per cent of the money will go to victims.