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Tips from the BBB: Be smart when donating to Orlando victims

Posted June 14, 2016 4:42 p.m. EDT
Updated June 14, 2016 5:55 p.m. EDT

— So far, millions of dollars have been raised for the victims of the Orlando, Fla., massacre. Many are wanting to help, but the Better Business Bureau is reminding people of potential scams.

Several GoFundMe accounts have already been set up for those killed and wounded in the Pulse nightclub. One shattered records, raising more than $3.4 million in two days. The group Equality Florida, the state's largest LGBT rights organization, organized the account.

The organization says it is working with the National Center for Victims of Crime to make sure every penny that is donated goes to help the victims and their families.

Some advice from the Better Business Bureau:

Take time to research where you donate.
Know that anyone can set up a GoFundMe account. Make sure you know where the money is going and that a third party (such as a bank or attorney) is overseeing the effort.
Know that not all donations are tax deductible. For example, donations to specific individuals and families are not deductible. 
Emailed links could be a spam to get a hold of personal information.