Better Business Bureau warning people to beware faux Cajun Navy

Chris Miller
October 12, 2018 - 12:07 pm
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The Better Business Bureau is warning people wanting to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael to be on the lookout for scam artists pretending to be volunteers for the Cajun Navy, soliciting money. The BBB in Acadiana recently identified several so-called Cajun Navy entities that are not the real thing. 

"'Cajun Navy' is a term that is synonymous with selfless acts of heroism… brave men and women who risk their lives to help rescue people and provide relief to communities after a natural disaster," reads a news release Better Business Bureau. "However, there are some unscrupulous people who take advantage of the generosity and kindness  of others, especially during these emergency situations."

According to the BBB, they have identified several so-called "Cajun Navy" entities that were not the real thing. 

"Working with government agencies, BBB found for-profit businesses accepting donations as if they were charities," the BBB said. "Before you donate to a Cajun Navy group (or any charity), BBB serving Acadiana recommends that consumers to do their research."

The BBB suggest vetting groups you're thinking of donating to by checking the web site for the BBB's Wise Giving Alliance at give.org.

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