"In the wake of the flooding in Colorado, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, urges people to be wary of charity scams.
If you’re looking for a way to give, do some research to ensure
that your donation will go to a reputable organization. Urgent appeals
that you get in person, by phone or mail, by e-mail, on websites, or
on social networking sites may not be on the up-and-up. Unfortunately,
legitimate charities face competition from fraudsters who either
solicit for bogus charities or aren't entirely honest about how a
so-called charity will use your contribution..."