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Beware of fake Nepal earthquake charities

In this handout photograph by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies a man walks through the rubble in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu on Tuesday  following a 7.8 earthquake which struck the Himalayan nation on April 25.
In this handout photograph by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies a man walks through the rubble in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu on Tuesday following a 7.8 earthquake which struck the Himalayan nation on April 25. AFP/Getty Images

The state agency that oversees charities is warning residents to check out nonprofits before donating money to help earthquake victims in Nepal.

The N.C. Department of State encourages people to visit its online charities section at www.sosnc.com and check out groups soliciting funds to make sure they are legitimate charities.

People should be wary of high-pressure solicitations and groups with names that are similar to well-established charities, the agency said. Money sent to bogus charities takes away critical resources for the disaster victims, said Heather Black, director of the department’s Charitable Solicitation Licensing.

The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance also offered tips for Nepal earthquake donations, including to be wary of claims that 100 percent of donations will assist relief victims.

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