The Attorney General's Office offers these tips:
— People should donate to established organizations with track records of organizing and providing relief.
— They should initiate donations themselves rather than responding to online, direct mail or phone solicitations, and they should pay by check.
— Some phony charitable organizations use names that are very similar to those of respected organizations.
— The website www.CharityNavigator.org can help identify legitimate relief organizations and determine how much of their donations go to victims rather than overhead.