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BBB Alert: Not all Typhoon Haiyan charities are legit

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As the public's attention and hearts are focused on the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan, the Better Business Bureau warns donors to take steps to avoid being taken by questionable solicitors or wasting their money on poorly managed relief efforts.

We all want to help but donors sometimes forget to follow common sense. Here are five BBB "giving mistakes" to avoid when making disaster relief donations:

• Mistake # 1: Making a donation decision based solely on charity's name

• Mistake # 2: Collecting clothing and goods without verifying that items can be used

• Mistake # 3: Sending donations to inexperienced relief efforts

• Mistake # 4: Responding to online & social media appeals without checking

• Mistake # 5: Donating without doing your homework

For more from the Better Business Bureau of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan, visit http://toledo.bbb.org/.

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