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Talk about generosity: it wasn't long after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the gulf coast last fall that thousands of web sites began appearing seeking donations for disaster victims and relief efforts.

Unfortunately, some of these websites were fake—designed to steal your money, pure and simple.

Working with a range of partners, the FBI has already opened some 100 investigations into these fraudulent sites...and we have dozens more cases underway involving hurricane-related fraud and corruption.

Many cases have resulted in charges and convictions. Three recent examples:

You can read about more cases and get details on potential scams to watch out for on our Hurricane Katrina-Rita Information webpage.

Could Katrina fraud happen to you? If you have any doubts about how easy it is to be scammed, we encourage you to visit the Growth Venture Ltd. website.You might be surprised by what you find.

And if you're thinking of contributing to hurricane relief efforts, please read this information provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

For more details on how to protect yourself from fraud and other crimes, visit our Be Crime Smart webpage.