ANCHORAGE, Alaska — During times of tragedy the majority of people who respond do so to help, but there are those who try to profit from others misfortune. On Tuesday, December 18, the Better Business Bureau warned Alaskans to be aware of scammers trying to bank off the tragic shooting in Connecticut.
According to the BBB, reports of fraudulent solicitations for money have already been reported in the Connecticut area and they want to prevent others who are trying to help from becoming a victim of fraud.
Anchorage Police said, as of Tuesday, they had not received any reports of fraudulent charities regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting but said they have seen it before with other national tragedies and natural disasters. The BBB said that was why they are warning people, before it’s too late.
“We're just trying to prevent anyone from being taken advantage of, you know, scammers prey on peoples compassion in the wake of tragedy like this," said Alaska public relations manager of the BBB Adam Harkness, "and they count on people to not take the time to really do some research and think through where there donation dollars are going.”