BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says donors should hold off on giving money to benefit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris before verifying the legitimacy of the fundraiser.
Scammers may be taking advantage.
“We expect to see Notre Dame fundraising appeals on social media and crowdfunding sites. Some will be from well-intentioned people who are not directly involved with the cathedral, but some may be from scammers," said Art Taylor, president and CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
The BBB has spoken with contacts at the French charity monitoring organization, Le Don en Confiance, who say the French Ministry of Culture has identified four existing entities that are accepting funds to help with reconstruction of Notre Dame:
In addition, the French government has plans to create two funds, one for French donations and the other for international donations.
Taylor reminds donors in Canada and the United States that donations are more likely to be tax-deductible if they ‘wait to donate’ through a charity based in their own country rather than contribute through another individual, a crowdfunding site, or a foreign entity.
Scams aimed at raising funds for Notre Dame (or any disaster) should be reported to the BBB Scam Tracker. Do so by clicking the link here.