By R. Neal

In addition to looting, price gouging, home repair scams, and insurance fraud, there are always those looking to exploit victims of natural disasters, especially via telephone solicitation and the internet.

The Better Business Bureau has established a "Wise Giving Alliance" with a set of standards for charitable organizations who solicit donations. Their Give.org website has reports on various charity organizations and how they measure up.

They also provide these eleven tips on how to avoid scams.