The massive earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010 has dominated the news cycle for the past couple weeks. As reports come out about the massive devastation and loss of life, many Americans wish to assist monetarily to the relief effort. Unfortunately, as more people dig deep into their pockets to offer help, e-mail scams soliciting funds have also appeared. In order to ensure that your funds are going to a reputable charity, check out Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau's charity page. Charity Navigator rates charities and also provides a brief description of their services. The Better Business Bureau's charity site provides information about charities and also provides contact information for further inquiries or to file a complaint. If you receive an email that appears to be from a scammer, you can assist the FBI in closing down fraudulent operations by reporting the email to Internet Crime Complaint Center .