Scammers prey on donors following tragedies like the Dallas police shooting

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There are lots of scam artists out there who see tragedy as a chance to steal a quick buck. (WTVD)

From tragedies like the Dallas police officer shootings, the Pulse nightclub massacre, or natural disasters, so many want to help victims and their families with financial donations in the aftermath.

But, experts say, it's a time to be even more careful - especially online. There are lots of scam artists out there who see it as a chance to steal a quick buck.

With crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, it's easy to ask people to give. But, even the site itself says there is no way to 100% guarantee that a user's GoFundMe donation page contains accurate or truthful information.

So, donating to a verified account or established charity is best.

Experts say look for donation requests that specifically state how the money will be dispersed.

You can also bypass crowdfunding sites and donate directly through the city which in many cases accepts donations to give to nonprofits assisting with the event.

You can also check with the Better Business Bureau to research charities before donating to make sure your support doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Look for more information about donating at bbb.org and gofundme.com.
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