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Relief agencies and volunteers immediately began assisting victims of the deadly tornado that swept through Oklahoma.

Others around the country also began offering support from miles away.

Donors can give money through the Salvation Army online or by texting STORM to 8-0-8-8-8. Checks can be mailed to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 12600, Oklahoma City, OK., 73157.

People can also donate on the American Red Cross Web site, or by using a cell phone. A $10 donation can be added to any cell phone bill by texting REDCROSS to 9-0-9-9-9.

Family members and friends of Oklahoma residents can check on them here.

Attorney General's Office warns of relief scams

North Carolina's Attorney General, Roy Cooper, is warning of scam artists in wake of the destructive tornadoes that tore across Oklahoma.

Our hearts go out to the victims of this terrible storm in Oklahoma, but unfortunately some heartless scammers will see this disaster as an opportunity to line their own pockets, Cooper said, Don't let phony charities divert your money from where you intend it to go. Do your homework before you give to make sure your donation does the most good possible.

The NC AG's office has not yet received any complaints of fradulent fundraising efforts, but says previous natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes have spawned such scams.

Tips to avoid scams and make sure your donations go to legitimate charities:

  • Watch out for pushy telemarketers
  • Don't respond to unsolicited emails and text messages asking you to give
  • Be careful of social networking posts asking you to donate
  • Watch out for fake charities that sound real
  • Don't give cash
  • Protect your personal information
  • Say no to high-pressure appeals
  • If you want to give to charity, do your homework first -- Visit www.give.org
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