Sunday, January 17, 2010
Don't be an Impulse Donor, who gives money to anyone who claims to be a charity or a relief worker. Why be a victim of crime? Why be a chump who enriches a manipulative thief, preying on your sincerity and your good intentions?
Wise up. Learn the signs of a charity fraud. Know the tricks con artists use to take advantage of well-meaning kindness and generosity.
Here are some links that contain information about Haiti earthquake donation frauds, how to spot a scam, and how to donate wisely.
U.S. Dept. of Justice - FBI "Haitian Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert"
U.S. Dept. of Justice - FBI "Donation Fraud - Haitian Earthquake Relief Complaints"
Charity Navigator on Wikipedia
Charity Navigator blog: with warning about Wyclef Jean's Yele charity
Washington Post "Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation under financial scrutiny"
"FTC: Avoid Charity Fraud" Guide
CBS News "Red Cross Uses 9-11 Donations for Other Causes than 9-11 Victims"
CNN on Red Cross Mismanages Donated Funds for 9-11 Victims
Charity Fraud website
American Institute of Philanthropy Charity Watch
List of American Institute of Philanthropy approved Haiti charities
"Better Business Bureau: How to Vet Haiti Earthquake Charity Appeals"
"Better Business Bureau: Check Out a Charity" online review form
ABC News "Help Haiti But Beware"
ABC News "Haiti Relief Scam: First Email Spammers Appear"
"Guidelines for Appropriate Disaster Donations" Center for International Disaster Information
"Guidelines for Corporate Disaster Relief Donations" Center for International Disaster Information
"Haiti Earthquake Donations and Theology"