BBB warns public of donating to for-profit ‘Cajun Navy’ groups

BBB warns public of donating to for-profit ‘Cajun Navy’ groups

(WAFB) - Many people are trying to find ways to help the victims of Hurricane Michael, which could include donating to groups directly helping victims the Florida Panhandle.

However, the Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana is warning the public to be wary before donating to donating to “Cajun Navy” groups.

In a Friday morning news release, a BBB investigation recently identified several “Cajun Navy” groups that appeared to be charitable organizations, but were not. Instead, the BBB found for-profit organizations accepting donations as if they were charities.

The Better Business Bureau of Baton Rouge has not evaluated the Baton Rouge Cajun Navy and is unable to report if the organization currently meets those standards, according to BBB of South Central Louisiana President Carmen Million. However, Million suggests that donors investigate before making any donations.

It’s recommended for consumers to do their research before donating to a Cajun Navy group. The BBB Serving Acadiana advises consumers to visit give.org for helpful tips on how to help victims of Hurricane Michael.

You can look up all the registered Cajun Navy groups in Louisiana by searching the business filings database on the Louisiana Secretary of State website.

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