The Pikes Peak Region of the American Red Cross does not solicit donations by phone, through door-to-door representatives or via email.

The Better Business Bureau is advising the public to be aware of all scams related to the Waldo Canyon fire.

Residents should not give money – especially cash – to anyone they do not know, or any business you have not thoroughly researched, BBB officials said. Anyone who would like to donate to the Red Cross should visit their website directly.

The BBB also warns that consumers should be the ones to solicit bids from all contractors. Before making a decision, check them out to make sure the contractor is legitimate.