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Better Business Bureau warns of fake Joplin charity organization

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | 9:32 a.m. CDT; updated 12:32 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 1, 2011

JOPLIN — The Better Business Bureau is warning that a charity soliciting donations for tornado-ravaged Joplin appears to be a fake organization.

The Southwest Missouri BBB said rescuejoplin.org is not registered as a 501c (3) nonprofit group. The organization also claims to be affiliated with Faith Ministries International, but the Better Business Bureau said no such organization is affiliated with the website.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Chris Koster said his office also is investigating rescuejoplin.org.

Rescue Joplin does not include contact information on its site. And The Joplin Globe reports that the Better Business Bureau has not been able to contact anyone involved with the website.


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