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Council's Corner: Tips for giving to storm victims, enrollment in Do Not Call list
September 6, 2017

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It's heartbreaking to watch TV and see people lose their lives, homes, and businesses to the flooding in Texas.

If you're looking for a way to give, the FTC urges you be aware of charity scams. Do some research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization and will use the money as promised.

Check with websites such as the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or GuideStar. Don't assume that charity messages posted on social media are legitimate.

When texting to donate, confirm the number with the source before you donate and designate the disaster so you can ensure your funds are going to disaster relief, rather than a general fund.

Scams work because scammers pressure people on the spot by posing to have something people must react to right now. Grandchildren needing help, calls from the IRS - the IRS will not call, it will write you a letter - or scammers posing to be debt collectors. If you feel threatened by the caller, hang up.

Are you on the Do No Call list and get more unwanted calls than ever before? That maybe because we don't take the time to submit a complaint. Register for the Do Not Call list at: donotcall.gov. After filling out the online form, print verification of your registration.

Let's start filing complaints at: complaints.donotcall.gov and stop those pesky calls. The form can be filled it and submitted online.

These questions will be asked:

- Phone number being called

- Date, hour and minute of call

- Was the call a recorded message or robo call?

- What was the call about?

- Phone number of the caller

- Name of the company that called

- Have you done business with the company in the last 18 months or contacted them in the last three months?

- Have you asked the company to stop calling you?

- Your name and address are voluntary

The last question asks for any comments up to 1,000 characters.

Hit the submit button and you've become a good citizen in helping to stop unwanted calls and scammers.

The Lehigh Acres Community Council serves as the voice for unincorporated Lehigh Acres.

Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the LCSO East District substation, at 1301 Homestead Road N.

For a membership application, email info@lehighacrescommunitycouncil.com.

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