The Internal Revenue Service is cautioning people to watch out for scams taking advantage of those trying to donate to victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The typhoon hit the central Philippines Nov. 8 and caused widespread flooding, landslides and damage.
In a recent news release, the IRS listed the following tips to avoid charity scams:
* Donate to recognized charities.
* Be careful of charities with names similar to well-known organizations. People may find legitimate charities through the IRS website's search feature on irs.gov. People also may search through charities on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website at fema.gov.
* Don't give personal information like Social Security numbers or banking information to anyone who solicits a contribution.
* Don't give or send cash. For security and tax record purposes, contribute by check or credit card.
People who want to see organizations that receive deductible contributions may visit www.irs.gov/publications/p526/index.html."Following major disasters, it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers," the IRS news release states. "Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations."