Don't fall for Hurricane Harvey charity scams

A family evacuates their Meyerland home in Houston. Rescuers answered hundreds of calls for help Sunday as floodwaters from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey rose high enough to begin filling second-story homes

While those closer to the area may be donating blood, services or items, people further removed can help by donating money.

Philadelphia funnyman Kevin Hart got serious in a challenge to support people impacted by flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey and he hopes some celebrity friends join him.

"I've just been caught up to speed on everything that's going on in Houston with Hurricane Harvey, and this (expletive) is unbelievable", Hart said in the NSFW video. "I know there's a lot we need to do to help rebuild".

Hart calls the situation on Texas' Gulf Coast and in Houston, where feet of rain have fallen and caused risky flooding, "a serious matter" where people need help.

"We are not out of the woods yet", Elaine Duke, the acting Homeland Security secretary, said during a Monday morning briefing in Washington.

Also accepting Hart's challenge was Chris Brown, who has donated $100,000 toward the relief effort and also filmed a video to convey his well wishes for the flood victims. "I'm going to lead the charge and step up in this way".

A Category 4 Hurricane, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25 with winds of up to 130 miles per hour.

'I'm donating $100,000. So man, this is for everybody out there in Texas, the relief and everything.

Hart said he was donating $25,000 to hurricane relief efforts and name checked some of the country's biggest A-listers - including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld - asking them to do the same. I think that people are in bad shape and they need help.

Texas, we are thinking about you and we love you and we're here for you.

It's a warning we hear often during natural disasters - think before you donate.

Other artists, including Nicki Minaj, T.I. and DJ Khaled also donated $25,000 to the Red Cross.

MileagePlus members who give to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Airlink or Operation USA through United's fundraising page can receive up to 1,000 bonus miles by entering their MileagePlus number at the time of their donation.

Hurricane Harvey has devastated the coastal Texas area with 130 mile per hour winds and heavy rainfall.

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