Watch who you donate to: BBB

The Better Business Bureau and the B.C. Crime Prevention Association are warning people to choose wisely when donating to disaster victims in Southeast Asia.

The Bureau’s president, Sheila Charneski, says people get caught up in the desire to give, and don’t ask enough questions.She says money jars and ad hoc groups may not be the best way to target your dollars.”You may not have any way of tracking them, because it may be a short-lived fundraising group,” she warns. “And so you won’t be sure where your money went [or] if it actually went to the cause.”She recommends that people donate to one of the larger international organizations.