Avoid Notre Dame donation scams

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After the shocking fire damaged the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Better Business Bureau is warning individuals to “wait to donate,” in order to make sure donations are going to the official Notre Dame rebuilding fund and not into the hands of scammers.

“Scammers are opportunists, and they will take advantage of whatever is in the news,” said Art Taylor, president and CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance. “We expect to see Notre Dame fundraising appeals on social media and crowdfunding sites. Some will be from well-intentioned people who are not directly involved with the cathedral, but some may be from scammers.”

The president of France and mayor of Paris have both vowed to rebuild the landmark.

French corporations and billionaires have already pledged millions to aid in the effort and companies in other countries are starting to promise contributions as well.

“The rebuilding will take some time,” Taylor added. “It’s best to wait until we have more details about which official entities are raising funds to assist the rebuilding.”

Taylor also reminded donors in Canada and the United States that donations are more likely to be tax-deductible if they ‘wait to donate’ through a charity based in their own country rather than contribute through another person, a crowdfunding site or a foreign organization.

The public is encouraged to report any scams aimed at raising funds for Notre Dame. Check out Give.org for information on giving to trustworthy charities and BBB for tips on avoiding scams.

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