Scams operating under the guise of a charity.
#20750 by Chris Fuller Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:04 am
This is a scam, and the scammer has no connection with nor the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation. He has copied some of his email from the Prosthetics Outreach Foundation's website, including the part 'To make a tax-deductable donation to the Haiti Prosthetics Fund, please click here', although he has just copied the words, and there is no clickable link.

Any money sent in response to this email will not go to help people in Haiti, but will be kept by the scammer.

from Help Victims children in Haiti <[email protected]>
reply-to [email protected]
date Sat, Jan 23, 2010

Good day sir/madam.

Help Victims children in Haiti

[Jan 19 '10] Haiti Need Fund's Earth Quake Victims

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Haiti Prosthetics Fund, please click here.

The Prosthetics Outreach Foundation (POF) shares the world's deep concern for the people of Haiti. The recent earthquake has robbed hundreds if not thousands of children and adults of their limbs. Emergency amputations add to this sad statistic daily.

Currently, the focus of the international community is on emergency response: saving lives and providing urgently needed orthopedic surgery. This is rightly so. In the coming weeks, the focus will begin shifting to reconstruction. POF has established a Special Fund to help Haitian amputees receive prosthetic services.

POF is well-qualified to help Haiti rebuild its capacity to meet the needs of amputees. In its Haiti response, POF is applying over 20 years experience helping over 20,000 amputees in the developing world regain and retain mobility.

To help restore sustained mobility to earthquake victims, POF is organizing a prosthetic assistance effort in Haiti based on the following principles:

POF will work in partnership with qualified in-country organizations. This will ensure reliable, efficient service delivery as well as accountability for assistance funds provided.
We need enough fund's to carry on the situation here in Haiti,to whom it may concern try and email us soon...

POF is immediately focusing on restoring Haitian prosthetic service capabilities as rapidly as possible. This may include assistance with rebuilding prosthetic service centers and purchasing essential prosthetic fabrication equipment or prosthetic materials and components.

When Haitian prosthetic services are restored to a functional level, POF will fund the local fabrication and delivery of custom-made prostheses.

if God touches your heart and you can help either Christian,Muslim all over the world please do it because children of Haiti is in too much pains some are died No drinking water,No Qualified doctors here,No food and UNN and British Gov are still not working on it and we still need Money.We are not asking you to give out what you don't have please give anything your heart ask you to okay??fill free to Email us back to know how much you wonna send down here,God bless as you safe people's life in Haiti Earth Quake Victims.Almost one thousand children lost there love ones.
Thank you for helping to restore mobility and independence to Haitian children and adult amputees.

To make a Fund deductible donation to the Haiti Prosthetics Fund, please fill free Email us back soon,to direct you on how to make the payment here online through (Western Union Money Transfer)......................

Email:[email protected]

#21022 by fredric100 Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:54 pm
I am Fred Jacobs, Director of Development for Prosthetics Outreach Foundation (POF) in Seattle, WA.

Thank you very much for identifying the fraud above. It is sad that a few bad apples such as the person above always try to take advantage of all the hard work and that so many good people are doing to help others, in Haiti and elsewhere.

POF is indeed raising urgently-needed funds to help rebuild prosthetics capability in Haiti. However, the bottom portion of the email above, paragraph #4, is in fact fake. It was appended by a scammer to a real bulletin from our website.

There are only 2 legitimate ways to contribute to POF's Haiti Prosthetics Fund:
1. Telephone POF in Seattle at (206) 726-1636.
2. Visit POF's website at

Again, thank you for your work identifying those who seek to exploit the good intentions of so many people who make it possible to help those who are truly in need around the world.
#21029 by Arnold Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:24 pm
Welcome to Scamwarners, although I'm sorry it was a scammer who brought you here. You may wish to put a warning on your website.
We don't usually allow visitors to promote their own websites, but I don't think we have a problem with you mentioning yours. I'm sure you'll understand why I did some research on your foundation first.

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