BBB issues warning about scams related to Isabel Celis - Tucson News Now

BBB issues warning about scams related to Isabel Celis

Isabel Celis Isabel Celis
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona is issuing a warning to the Tucson community about potential scams related the search for 6-year-old Isabel Celis.

Nick LaFleur, spokesman for the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona, says a tragic story like this one sometimes brings out the worse in people.

"There are very unscrupulous people out there who look to exploit the public's sympathy for situations like this," LaFleur says. "It's really unfortunate but it happens a lot."

LaFleur adds that as the story behind Isa's disappearance gets bigger and attracts national attention, the risk of scams also grows.

The BBB recommends that the community do their research about certain organizations or charities they wish to donate to.

They suggest that you ask a lot of questions to avoid becoming a victim.

There are three legitimate ways you can continue to support the efforts to find Isabel:

  • Tucson Medical Foundation
  • "Bring Isa Home" website
  • Wells Fargo Banks - "Bring Isa Home account.

Donations will also be accepted at the volunteer command post of Broadway and Craycroft.

Volunteers at the command post say that they do not go door-to-door asking for any sort of donations.

They urge the public not to donate to these kinds of solicitations and to notify the BBB or the authorities immediately.

LaFleur says this warning should not deter people from continuing to support the volunteers and the efforts to find Isabel.

"We don't want to scare anybody away from donating... we just want people to make sure they're researching the organizations; that they know where the money is going and how it's used," LaFleur says.

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