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Japan's Earthquake: How to Avoid Charity Scams

submitted on March 15, 2011 by sandyshore in "Member's Lounge"
Most of us feel a need to help when a tragedy like the one in Japan happens. The article gives tips and advice to avoid the scams.

In the wake of disasters like the earthquake and tsunami that just hit Japan, many people will reach for their checkbooks to contribute to charities assisting in the relief effort. But before you do, it's important to make sure you're not getting scammed into giving your money to the wrong people.

Sadly, some scammers will try to take advantage of tragedies by setting up fake charities and getting unsuspecting victims to donate to what they believe are relief efforts. And even some legitimate charities are nevertheless unworthy of your hard-earned dollars, either because they're ill-equipped to handle large disasters or because too much of their money is spent on overhead.

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    Posted by jack69darin on March 15, 2011
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    I agree. like this site I just found.
    http://japanrelieffunds.weebly.....html Evil
    Doesn't look to promising.
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      Posted by clover on March 15, 2011
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      Says site not published when I click on it Jack69darin. What the heck is that? error 404
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      Posted by sandyshore on March 15, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      The site link was messed up because of the "evil emoticon". jack69 is right though it looks like a scam, if I wanted to donate I'd go straight to Operation Compassion and check their credentials myself. Not buy some junk and have an unknown site donate.

      This was the link that was posted http://japanrelieffunds.weebly.....uyers.html
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    Posted by jack69darin on March 15, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Clover, try this link
    The evil icon was messing the link up.
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    Posted by CouponNut on March 18, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    I noticed today that several merchants and other organization are accepting donations plus they are saying they will match your donation or contribute dollars based on a sale. How would we know for sure that they money will be be properly handled? This is what could raise concerns to those of us offering a "helping hand".

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