Scams start as people look to help Japan victims

March 11, 2011 5:57:29 PM PST
Whenever there is a disaster, the bad guys come out from under the rocks and try to get in on the flow of charity money. So to make sure your money actually helps victims, give to groups and causes you know and trust.

Giving through your house of worship is good, Red Cross and organizations like partners with many charities all have been vetted to make sure they are on the up and up.

"We will guide you to non-profits that we're working directly with, such as the Red Cross, Save the Children, and Catholic Relief Services. We connect them directly with these non-profits so you can hear what they are doing on the ground in Japan, so you can get the story straight from them," said Matt Mahan from

Be aware that some scamsters came up with sound alike names for their fake charities.