Tragic events like the shootings on the Virginia Tech campus can bring out the best in people. They can also bring out the worst. Margo Reikes, spokeswoman for the Better Business Bureau, says Iowans shouldn’t be surprised if scam artists soon pop up claiming to be with a charity related to campus violence or even Virginia Tech specifically.
Reikes says, "History has taught us that every time there is a national tragedy or a tornado or hurricane or any type of disaster, scam artists come out." She says there are certain things Iowans should do before opening their wallets. Reikes says, "If the person is calling or soliciting by phone, they should take the name and the phone number of solicitor, the charity and then call that number back to make sure that it is the charity." She says Iowans shouldn’t fall for a high-pressure sales pitch.
She says: "Most often it triggers scams and people that are out to prey on Americans who are very generous and they know that." Reikes says even if you are convinced the charity is likely legitimate, it still might be wise to contact your nearest office of the Better Business Bureau first.