FBI Warns Public of Disaster Fraud in the Wake of Nepal Earthquake

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While the Nepal earthquake last week was a grievous tragedy that took more than 4,000 lives, it also served as an important reminder of the potential for disaster fraud.

Now that the rubble has settled, and disaster relief organizations are flocking to Nepal's aid, the FBI and National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) issued a statement warning the public to "apply a critical eye, and conduct due diligence before giving to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of disaster victims."

Before making a donation of any kind, consider the following recommendations:

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud by a person or organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of disaster victims, contact the NCDF by phone at (866) 720-5721, fax at (225) 334-4707, or e-mail at disaster@leo.gov.

You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

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