KUSA - A small kiosk in downtown Denver has a big tie to the Philippines. Kathy Gietl works at 'A Taste of the Philippines' on 16th and Champa Street. The Filipino native is raising money to donate $1 per entree sold to the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, including her uncle who lost his home.
As people like Gietl work hard to help people overseas, the Filipino-American Community of Colorado says there are scammers already beginning to capitalize on the tragedy.
Bernadette Niblo, the spokesperson for the organization, says scammers are hacking into online accounts and sending mass emails, making it look like the sender is stuck in the Philippines and in desperate need of money.
"It really makes you sick. But at the same time it's like, unfortunately not a surprise anymore," Niblo said. "You really want to research what company it is you're sending through."
Niblo is urging donators to be careful so people affected by Typhoon Haiyan can receive aid as soon as possible.
The FACC will also have a donation link on their website, www.coloradofilipinos.org/. A fundraiser is planned for early December.
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