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Law enforcement warns of disaster relief scams

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Millions of people across the country affected by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath are in desperate need of assistance.

But how can you make sure the money you donate is going directly to disaster relief and not a scam??

Law enforcement officials say you should be leery of any email solicitations you receive asking you to donate to disaster relief causes.   

Officials recommend the website www.charitynavigator.org.

The site rates charitable organizations and outlines exactly where YOUR money will be going.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Sholl said the best way to ensure your donation is going directly to disaster relief, is to work with well known organizations.

"I think your best bet if you are a generous or compassionate individual is to donate to the known charities Red Cross, Salvation Army. Maybe your local church that could spearhead those efforts to get that money to the appropriate people," said Sheriff Jim Sholl.

Law enforcement officials say if you believe you've been scammed, or you would like to report a scam you can contact your state's attorney general's office.

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