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Scammers now targeting West Virginia flood victims and people who want to help them.

BBB Serving Western Virginia President Julie Wheeler explains how West Virginia flood victims...
BBB Serving Western Virginia President Julie Wheeler explains how West Virginia flood victims can protect themselves against scams.(WDBJ)
Published: Jul. 5, 2016 at 7:13 AM EDT
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West Virginia flood victims have already lost so much, but the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Virginia is warning that they are also the targets for scam artists.

They might pretend to be inspectors, government officials, volunteers or contractors.

BBB President Julie Wheeler has some tips to keep in mind if you are requesting federal help because of flooding:

--Ask to see ID badges.

--Safeguard personal information.

--Beware of people going door-to-door.

-- Federal workers do not solicit or accept money.

Wheeler says people who want to help flood victims need to also be wary of scammers:

· Be cautious when giving online outside of the charity's website.

· Understand crowdfunding.

· Find out if the charity has an on-the-ground presence in the impacted areas

· Be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist relief victims

· Find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups.