A number of organizations have started raising money for the three girls in Cleveland that were held against their will for over a decade, and where there is money being donated there are "scammers" looking to take advantage of your generosity.
David Weiss with the Better Business Bureau serving greater Cleveland warns residents that there are people out there trying to make a quick buck.
"People need to know that whenever you have some sort of a high profile event like this, one that's really publicized by the media, your going to get a lot of con-artists that come out of the wood-work trying to take advantage it" says Weiss.
Right now there is no specific scam Weiss says to watch out for, but he does state that you should know exactly what group you're donating money to.
Weiss say that "The most important thing that consumers can do is to know who they are giving money to. Know that they are giving money to an organization that will responsibly maintain the funds and distribute them in a way that best benefit the victims."
It's important that you confirm offline that whatever you want to donate to is legitimate and forthright about what they intend on doing with the money.
"There are folks that are selling t-shirts with Charles Ramsey's face on it. Claiming that all profits from sales will go to the victims, again very well meaning but how do you define profit? what is their Profit? If they were charging $20 for a t-shirt, would you be happy knowing that $2 of it was going to Charles Ramsey? I'm not saying that's how much it is, but you need to find out" Comments Weiss.
Bottom line, Weiss says that you need to ask questions and make sure that your donation is going to be used in the most effective way possible.