ORLANDO -- In the wake of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, many are wondering how they can give back. For some, that means donating money to victims' families or charitable organizations. But how can you be sure your money is truly going to a good cause?
As the nation mourns the 49 lives lost at Pulse nightclub Sunday in the shooting that left 53 others hurt, many have been inspired to give back. Unfortunately, scam artists know in times like these people are feeling generous, and they'll be looking to take advantage of it.
"Unfortunately, scam artists take advantage of that nature -- of that heightened emotions that prompt people to give," Jim Temmer, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau said.
The BBB advises anyone who wants to give money to really think about who they're donating it to. Make sure you research the organization or group you're donating to.
"You need to take some time and do your homework," Temmer said.
You should be sure to ask the right questions before giving someone your money.
"You want to know what their track record is. What's the percentage of your donation that's going to go to the cause?" Temmer said.
You should also be wary of any charity you see pop up online. Scammers can easily set up fraudulent websites that look legit.
"Sometimes if you click it, you can get malware right into your computer or you can have some of your information compromised," Temmer said.
These are things to think about so that your money doesn't end up in the wrong hands.