In the wake of widespread flooding, countless people are stepping up to lend a hand.

Unfortunately, scammers also are stepping up.

The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau offer tips to consider when donating or seeking help after a disaster:

Donate to reputable organizations or those with a local presence.

Be careful with fundraisers on social media that aren’t tied to an organization or local charity.

If you’re unfamiliar with an organization or charity, do your research on sites such as Charity NavigatorGuideStarIRS Select Checkthe National Center for Charitable Statistics and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

To find a legitimate agency for monetary and other goods and services donations, contact 211. To reach 211, simply dial 211. If you have difficulty reaching 211, dial 866-813-1731.