Flood relief fraud

By: Ian Margol Email
By: Ian Margol Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) With the recovery phase of the front range flooding well-underway, many people are donating their money and resources to the cause.

But officials are urging residents to exercise caution before giving... Law enforcement is warning the public to beware of scamsters who try to take advantage of those simply trying to do the right thing.

Executive director of the Western Colorado chapter of the American Red Cross, Eric Myers, says it's important after a disaster when people are looking to donate, to have an understanding of where their money is going.

"There have been scams in the past, people doing cold calls to businesses or homes, people setting up fake websites that might look a lot like other organizational websites," he says.

Spokesman for the U.S. District Attorney, District of Colorado, Jeff Dorschner, says "there is no shortage of creativity when it comes to fraud they will call and they will say they are with a church or a non-profit organization and they commit that if you give them money it will go to help feed animals that are abandoned by the flooding when in fact after you provide them your information, that money will end up in somebody's pocket."

An unfortunate truth, especially when our local volunteers are out on the front lines.

"We've currently deployed 23 volunteers and we've sent over our emergency response vehicle," says Myers. "The need is great, we're still looking for donations to support our disaster relief operations."

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