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19 May 2015 08:02
Scammers are now using crowdfunding websites, seemingly to raise money for relief in Nepal after the devastating earthquakes that hit the region. (Supplied).
We have all been following the heartbreaking devastation unfolding in Nepal. Thousands are dead, many more are unaccounted for, and the survivors are enduring tough times with no food or water and limited shelter.
Natural disasters like this touch the hearts of millions around the globe.
However, where there are natural disasters, scammers follow. Over the past week there has been a significant stream of emails with devastating photographs of children seemingly looking for their parents in the rubble.
“By simply clicking on the link below you can donate $5 to help these children,” reads one email. Another follows a similar theme, asking people to “send food parcels and medicine to the Nepal or just donate $15 and we will purchase the medicine on your behalf”.
As more international aid starts to flow into the region, more requests for donation circulate.
However, not all requests for assistance are legitimate and could be the product of scammers taking advantage of people’s goodwill.
In a new twist to the email scam, scammers are using crowdfunding websites, such as GoFundMe, seemingly to raise money for relief in Nepal. Scammers set up a “project”, complete with Photoshopped images, asking for help and monetary donations.
Tips to avoid donation scams
While what is happening in Nepal is tragic, one needs to be very selective in how and what charity to fund so that your money is put to good use and does not end up in someone’s personal bank account.
Here are five tips on how to avoid being scammed when donating to victims of the Nepal earthquake – or any other charity cause
Liron Segev is also known as The Techie Guy. Read his blog or follow him on Twitter.
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