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#48723 by Jillian Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:00 pm
Information on Charity scams can be found on our forum here: viewforum.php?f=8

There are a number of news articles out, warning people to beware of falling for a scam when making donations for disaster relief to Japan.

Forbes.com has an article warning of fraudulent websites: http://blogs.forbes.com/williampbarrett ... web-sites/

excerpt from that article:

Beware New Japan Disaster Relief Web Sites

First came the massive earthquake in Japan. Then the even bigger tsunami and threat of nuclear meltdown. Now there’s the totally predictable deluge of new Web sites promoting relief fundraising, which, if past experience in the Internet age is any judge, will prove to be havens of inexperience, inefficiency, profiteering or outright fraud.

Since the Japanese disaster literally started unfolded live on TV screens and computer terminals around the world on Friday, Internet users have rushed to register scores of domain names with evocative words touching upon the catastrophe. Besides “Japan” or “Japanese,” often coupled with “tsunami” or “earthquake,” or “quake,” other frequent words include “help,”, “give,” “donate,” “build,” hope,” “care,” “rebuild,” “victims,” “needs” and “relief.” Registrations, which are on a first-come, first-served basis, usually cost no more than $20.

Marketwatch.com has an article, here: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/donate ... 2011-03-14 with information on how to avoid scams. A portion of that article:

Already, a scam email is circulating that purports to be from the British Red Cross, asking that donations be wired, said Jenny Shearer, an FBI spokeswoman.

“If you are moved to make a donation to help people in Japan,” Shearer said, “look up whatever organization you like to give your money to, go to their website, find them in the phone book, or go to their office if they’re near you ... If you respond to an email or you wire money, that money is not going to go where you intend it to go to.”

And here is the information from a March 11, 2011 press release from the FBI on avoiding scams when making donations:


Tips On Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes
Recently several natural disasters, including tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes, have devastated lives and property. In the wake of these events that have caused emotional distress and great monetary loss to numerous victims, individuals across the nation often feel a desire to help these victims, frequently through monetary donations.

These disasters prompt individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause. Therefore, before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, to include the following:

•Do not respond to unsolicited (SPAM) e-mail.
•Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials soliciting via e-mail for donations.
•Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
•Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
•To ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.
•Validate the legitimacy of the organization by directly accessing the recognized charity or aid organization's website rather than following an alleged link to the site.
•Attempt to verify the legitimacy of the non-profit status of the organization by using various Internet-based resources, which also may assist in confirming the actual existence of the organization.
•Do not provide personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
To obtain more information on charitable contribution schemes and other types of online schemes, visit http://www.LooksTooGoodToBeTrue.com.

If you believe you have been a victim of a charity related scheme, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud by telephone at (866) 720-5721, or by fax at (225) 334-4707, or by e-mail at [email protected].1 You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.IC3.gov.

1 National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) was originally established by the Department of Justice to investigate, prosecute, and deter fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud from any natural or man-made disaster. More than 20 federal agencies, including the FBI, participate in the NCDF, allowing it to act as a centralized clearinghouse of information related to relief fraud.

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#48728 by Jillian Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:35 pm
Example of a scam email and fraudulent website. The scammer has set up a free subdomain website at zzn.com, to use for this scam. We will report it for closure.

Note that he includes a link to the real Salvation Army website at the bottom of the email but you are directed to contact: [email protected]

http://salvationarmy.zzn.com is NOT the real Salvation Army and is an example of an imposter website.

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Reply-To: <[email protected]>
From: "Salvation Army National Corp."<[email protected]>
Subject: Japan earthquake and Tsunami: How to help/Salvation Army?
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 16:58:04 +0100
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Salvation Army National Corp.
Alton, Hampshire, GU34
United Kingdom
[email protected]

Mission and Programs

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


A 127-year old, faith-based charity, The Salvation Army helps people with all kinds of needs in virtually every community across America. Some of these activities include operating Adult Rehabilitation Centers, running programs for children and seniors and providing emergency disaster services support.
Additional Comments from the Organization

According to management expert Peter Drucker, The Salvation Army is "by far the most effective organization in the U.S." A responsible steward of the generosity of the American people, at least 83 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army goes directly to assist those in need.


We humbly want to bring to your notice and call for your immense support to massive 8.9/9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami.
Salvation Army National Corp have been working hard to see how to raise help to these pandemics situation.

We humbly hope for your support and strongly believe you can save a life.

Add to Japan earthquake and Tsunami
I want to contribute: E.g 'Amount' 'USD'
You must enter donation amount.
You must enter a valid dollar amount.
You must enter a minimum $100 amount.
($100 USD minimum)

3. AGE:
5. CITY:

Designation (Optional)
To designate your donation for a specific fund or purpose, please enter a description of how you'd like your donation to be used.

Dedication or Gift (Optional)
To make a donation on behalf of or in memory of another person, please enter the person's name. You will have a chance to send an eCard to this person at the end of making a donation.


* To donate: Contact us by email using: [email protected]

Salvation Army National Corp.
Alton, Hampshire, GU34
United Kingdom
Tel: (44) 07035947651
Fax: (44) 07024048271

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#48748 by Mortal Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:12 pm
Sorry if it's already there, or I'm doing it wrong. Just got this one in my inbox.
They are somehow spoofing the email address [email protected] but reply-to address is [email protected]

Following message is a scam!

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Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 02:34:09 -0400 (AMT)
Subject: Let`s Save Japan
From: "REDCROSS INTERNATIONAL UK" <[email protected]>
Reply-To: [email protected]
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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Dr. Scott Perry, of the International Red Cross, UK division. I am a
member of the newly constituted Save Japan Initiative Team (SJIT). I am
writing to you in respect with the most recent Disasters ( Earth-Quake and
Tsunami) that has ravaged Japan bringing her to her kneels.

We are currently trying our best to assist many of the displaced and
injured survivors of this recent Disaster, most especially those around
the exploded Nuclear Plants. The death toll is already running into
thousands and the displaced is in the millions and counting.

We are presently in dire need for assistance Worldwide from Groups and
Individuals, in form of Volunteers, Human Resources, Medicals, Relief
Materials and most especially financial Donations so as to enable that
Japan is re-built within the shortest possible time.

We all have a duty here to perform and we shall succeed in the end. Please
do your bit by making your voice and donations count through Western Union
Money Transfer to our Save Japan Initiative Team (SJIT) Receiving Officer:

Mellisa Edmonds,
31 Abbey Grove, Abbey Wood,
London, SE2 9EU. U. K.

Please note that no amount is too small as we are in the process of
ridging the gapbetween despair, determination and destination. Do well to
send us the Money Transfer Control Number(MTCN) to email: (
[email protected] ) soon after any such donation is made
through Western Union so that we can forward it immediately.

We hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for your kindness.


Dr. Scott Perry.
Save Japan Initiative Team (SJIT).

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/world/ ... 92384.html

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#48754 by Dotti Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:55 pm
And another one. Note that the website referenced is the genuine Japanese Red Cross website, but the email itself came from Nigeria, and the email address has no connection to the real Red Cross.

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Reply-To: <[email protected]>
From: Japanese Red Cross Society<[email protected]>
Subject: Please Donate to Japan earthquake relief efforts.
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2011 22:03:34 +0100
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Japanese Red Cross Society
Disaster Relief Center

Please Donate to Japan earthquake relief efforts.

Japanese Red Cross Society is the Japanese affiliate of the

International Red Cross.

Japan was hit by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded on

Friday. The magnitude-8.9 quake spawned a deadly tsunami that

slammed into the nation's east coast, leaving a huge swath of

devastation in its wake. Thousands of people are dead and many more

are still missing or injured.

Please follow the link below for more information.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_newsroom/ ... newsroom/j


For Donation of any size please contact our Help Center at the email address below.

Japanese Red Cross Society
Disaster Relief Center
Email - [email protected]

Thank you for your kindness.

Katashi Tomako

For Japanese Red Cross Society

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#48809 by Jillian Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:22 pm
^^^ Interesting article and something to watch out for. For those of you who haven't read it: scammers are setting up sites that purport to be info about the crisis in Japan, and manipulating the ratings with Google to get them to show up in search queries. The sites are actually malware or scareware.

Scammers are targeting anyone even interested in reading news about what is happening in Japan. :x

Another article, here: http://communities.canada.com/vancouver ... scams.aspx

mentions this tactic (bolding mine):

Social media, which is being used by people around the globe to share news and personal stories from the disaster, is also being used by scammers. On Facebook, a link that is making the rounds promises a video of the tsunami.
"Facebook users are being tricked into clicking on links which claim to be raw CNN footage of the Japanese tsunami by cold-hearted scammers - as part of a plot to earn money by driving web traffic to take online surveys," Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos wrote on the Sophos blog. "The videos, which in the examples seen by Sophos exist on a website called spinavideo, purport to be footage of the horrifying tsunami which hit parts of Japan on Friday."
Clicking on the link takes users to a website pretending to be YouTube. Instead users are tricked into agreeing to 'like' the page on Facebook, spreading the scam even further on Facebook.
"Remember to always get your news from legitimate news websites, and if you're hunting for a video make sure that you go to the real YouTube website rather than a replica set up by scammers," wrote Cluley.

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