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Beware Of Bogus Charities For Relief In Haiti Reporting
It's a very sad reality that tragedies like the Haiti earthquake bring out the best and worst in people.
Scam artists are at it again. There's one on the internet right now that is bound to confuse the recipient.
And on top of all the scumbags out there, some credit card companies are taking some of your donations to line their own pockets.
It all adds up to the standard advice: donor beware.
If you get an email from the British Red Cross Society asking for a donation for Haiti relief, delete it immediately.
"Don't open it," says Warren King, president of the Better Business Bureau.
In fact, that's good advice for any unsolicited email or text request you get. The scammers are already out in force to take advantage of another human tragedy in Haiti.
"These con artists are going to take advantage of this," says King. "They're going to try to download viruses into your computer that will steal more information from you."
King says the British Red Cross Society email is only the latest scam. More are coming and good-hearted Americans will be victims if they don't take heed.
"Be proactive, not reactive," he said.
Seek out familiar charities you know and check them out at www.bbb.org where you can learn all kinds of information about them.
Then make certain the group you're giving to is a legitimate tax-exempt charity at www.irs.gov.
"Right on the front page today even there is a link on there telling you about the earthquake tragedy," says Andrew Hromoko of the IRS.
And here's something that may not seem right, but it's perfectly legal -- credit card fees.
"Monies that were donated to charities - $250 million of fees went to credit card companies," says attorney Clayton Morrow.
KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano: "$250 million skimmed off the top of donations to charities?"
"That's my understanding," Morrow said.
Morrow, who battles credit card companies for clients, says these companies are taking three percent of your donations in transaction fees.
So far, American Express and Visa are waiving the fees but you may have no alternative but to write an old-fashioned check.
"To make sure that 100 percent of the money goes to the charity that needs the money," he said.
Both American Express and Visa are extending the waiver only to donations to some better-known charities so you have to check with them.
The waiver expires at the end of February.
During most tragedies, credit card companies make huge profits as unknowing donors use their cards to make donations.
To get all your money to your charity, write a check.
Originally posted by Brainiac
reply to post by JBA2848
Oh yeah, i'm not donating a dime to anything. It's all corrupt or mishandeled. The chances that any money you contribute will make it to 1 haitian is slim to none. Your just going to end up making someone else rich, because in the really real world, you can't trust anyone when it comes to money...
I wouldn't trust Wyclef to give a dollar to any Haitian, you just can't be that gulible. Theres a saying that goes, "A fool and his money are soon parted"...
Seabees head to Haiti
The Associated Press
GULFPORT, Miss. -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 will deploy to Haiti as part of the U.S. aid to the island country. They are expected to remain about six months.
Rob Mims, public affairs officer for the Naval Construction Battalion Center, tells The Sun Herald 85 Seabees and 690 short tons of mainly street-cleaning equipment are being sent to help with the cleanup of debris.
Originally posted by berkeleygal
Something I noticed today at USGS. The initial quake of 7.0 struck at a depth of 13 km. ALL the subsequent aftershocks have struck at a depth of 10 km. Every last one. check it yourselves...
Odd odd, I believe its Haarp.
Originally posted by infinite
RT @pragmatic_rebel More deaths reported in #Haiti in 2 days after the quake due to lack of medical relief - more than 400k feared dead
Haitian doctor takes 100 patients into his home
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The home of a Haitian pediatrician has been turned into a hospital ward for earthquake victims.
Somehow, the house wasn't damaged in Tuesday's quake, which leveled nearly all the other houses in the hillside neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Soon after the shaking stopped, neighbors started showing up at Claude Surena's doorstep.
Now, he's running a triage center, treating patients on his shaded patio with food and supplies salvaged from ruined homes.
Conditions are far from ideal. Plastic buckets serve as toilets, and for some patients he can only change dressings on infected wounds. But they are better off than those who lie in the dirt under a merciless sun.
The doctor calls it "a blessing from God" that his house was spared.
With the help of two other doctors, Surena has treated more than 100 people. He says at least 10 are in critical need of more substantial help. And 18 have died, including a pregnant woman and her baby, who didn't survive a rudimentary C-section.