Across the globe, people are in shock over the fire that severely damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
Now that the fire is out and there are only a few injuries to emergency personnel, thoughts have turned to repair and renovation of the magnificent and historic building.
The cathedral was declared “structurally sound” after an inspection on Tuesday, and the president of France and mayor of Paris have both vowed to rebuild the landmark.
French corporations and billionaires have already pledged millions to aid in the effort, and companies in other countries are starting to promise contributions, as well.
However, the Better Business Bureau is warning individuals to “wait to donate,” to make sure donations are going to the official Notre Dame rebuilding fund and not into the hands of scammers.
“There are scammers everywhere, and some well-intentioned people too.” said Monde Donaldson, Vice President of BBB Educational Foundation. “We want the loyal and faithful Christians along the Gulf Coast to watch out for reputable charities.”
Donaldson also reminded 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. “The rebuilding will take some time,” she added. “It’s best to wait until we have more details about which official entities are raising funds to assist the rebuilding.”
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If you see a scam aimed at raising funds for Notre Dame (or any disaster), please report it to BBB Scam Tracker at BBB.org/ScamTracker.