Scams operating under the guise of a charity.
#33431 by Michael Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:45 am
This email has not been sent by a genuine charity, but by scammers who are pretending to be one and luring people into donating. None of the donations will go to actual charities; every single cent will disappear in their own pockets. Do not reply to this mail, do not send any money to these people.

AFRICA ANTIMALARIA <[email protected]>

Greetings to you my dear,
Am gladly directed to contact you,firstly let me introduce to you who we are and our mission.

We are the Africa Anti-Malaria Team (A.A.T),A.A.T is a non-profit health advocacy group founded in 2008 and based in South Africa.Our mission is to make malaria control more transparent, responsive and effective. We conduct research into the social and economic aspects of malaria and raise the profile of the disease and the issues surrounding its control in the local and international media. A.A.T strives to hold public institutions accountable for funding and implementing effective, integrated and country-driven malaria control policies and to promote successful private sector initiatives to control the disease.

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a one-celled parasite known as Plasmodium. The parasite is transmitted to humans by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. The Plasmodium parasite spends its life cycle partly in humans and partly in mosquitoes. (A) Mosquito infected with the malaria parasite bites human, passing cells called sporozoites into the humans bloodstream. (B) Sporozoites travel to the liver. Each sporozoite undergoes asexual reproduction, in which its nucleus splits to form two new cells, called merozoites. (C) Merozoites enter the bloodstream and infect red blood cells. (D) In red blood cells, merozoites grow and divide to produce more merozoites, eventually causing the red blood cells to rupture. Some of the newly released merozoites go on to infect other red blood cells. (E) Some merozoites develop into sex cells known as male and female gametocytes. (F) Another mosquito bites the infected human, ingesting the gametocytes. (G) In the mosquitos stomach, the gametocytes mature. Male and female gametocytes undergo sexual reproduction, uniting to form a zygote. The zygote multiplies to form sporozoites, which travel to the mosquitos salivary glands. (H) If this mosquito bites another human, the cycle begins again.

Prevention and Control

Malaria can be prevented by two strategies: eliminating existing infections that serve as a source of transmission, or eliminating peoples exposure to mosquitoes. Eliminating the source of infection requires aggressive treatment of people who have malaria to cure these infections, as well as continuous surveillance to diagnose and treat new cases promptly. This approach has been successful in areas such as North America and Europe where malaria is not common. However, it is not practical in the developing nations of Africa and Southeast Asia, where malaria is prevalent and governments cannot afford expensive surveillance and treatment programs.

Eliminating exposure to mosquitoes, the second strategy, can be accomplished by several means. These means include permanently destroying bodies of stagnant water where mosquitoes lay their eggs; treating such habitats with insecticides to kill mosquito larvae; fogging or spraying insecticides to kill adult mosquitoes; or using mosquito netting or protective clothing to prevent contact with mosquitoes.

Scientists have also used information gained from researching the parasites genome to design more effective anti malaria drugs and vaccines.

Am directed to reach you through this media for help,in anyway you can be of help to the provision of the listed items and the growth of this team,and the eradication of malaria parasite in Africa,because malaria have kill thousand of adult and children in Africa per year,please your funding and sponsor of this team will be highly appreciate by the team and God will richly bless you in a million ways.

Your Sincerely,
Mr. Kelly Johnson
Liaison Officer & Publicity Secretary

([email protected])

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#33438 by BellaVega Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:43 pm
It seems almost too easy for anyone to start a company and raise money for a certain illness or disease. I wish there was a site that you could easily do a background check on the philanthropy. Some of them can be legit but once you get down to their financials, you discover that only 20 cents on every dollar donated is going to the cause.

Watch your back.
#33448 by Chris Fuller Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:30 pm
Whatever one thinks of individual charities, they are still very different to charity scams like the one illustrated above.

With a charity scam, no money at all goes to any charity: it all goes straight into the pocket of the scammer who has no connection with the charity he is pretending to represent.

You can read more about charity scams here: An Introduction to Charity Scams

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