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GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Donation requests are flooding the Internet in the wake of a recent overseas tragedy.
Go on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.com and you'll see dozens of individuals and groups asking for money to donate to victims of the earthquake in Nepal.
Colin Blassengale donated to a few charities in her lifetime.
"Maybe two, just Katrina and another big, major earth event," said Blassengale. She said it's those Facebook and GoFundMe.com-type charity invitations that scare her. "It just seems real sketch, like how do I know my money is actually going to what I'm donating for," said Blassengale.
Jennifer Samra with the Better Business Bureau in the Upstate said Blassengale has reason to be concerned.
"Scammers will often use that, pull of the heartstring to get people to donate to things that are non-existent," said Blassengale.
North Carolina officials are warning of phony emails, social media messages and pages, internet crowdfunding; even fake telemarketers.
Officials said don't ever give out personal or financial information to a stranger soliciting for a charity through email or over the phone.
"Don't send cash or wire transfers, because you'll never get that money back, if there is a problem. Make sure any checks you write are actually made out to the organization, not to an individual," said Samra.
Samra said watch out for some the brand name charities, as well.
"Make sure you know what percentage of your donation goes to the actual cause, because some of them will have a higher percentage and some of them will have a lower percentage," said Samra.
Blassengale said she didn't do any homework on her past donations and may never know where her money ended up.
"It could've been a scam," said Blassengale.
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