Fraudsters break all records in Japan relief ripoffs

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15 Responses to “Fraudsters break all records in Japan relief ripoffs”

  1. Anonymous says:

    If you hadn’t said it Anne, I was going to. I believe I read that they were actually in Japan, working. I don’t believe they’ve turned back. Despite Japan’s resources, in an emergency I would imagine have additional doctors on hand would be very welcome.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Also, it is a good idea to look up and compare charities that you’re considering on charitynavigator.org (or a similar site that evaluates the effectiveness of donations).

  3. urbanhick says:

    Christ, what assholes.

    • David A says:

      And don’t donate to blatantly religious charities either.

      People need food and supplies. Not cargo crates of books about bronze age mythology.

  4. akwhitacre says:

    What does it cost to launch these kinds of scams? Is it low enough that the Red Cross could have an out-of-the-box scam-anticipation system that would flood search results with semi-legit pages that redirect to official pages?

    • Anonymous says:

      @akwhitacre:
      It takes nothing for them to setup many of the scams, they already have the templates built. Most of the fake concern or news malware out there is pretty intelligent, checking for top news terms, running a diff between the last hour and the current hour and updating itself. Remember, the closer they are to the actual event, the less ‘accurate’ they have to be in the emails. After that it’s just the usual stats grind on Barnam’s rule. Since most of the sites are up for hours at most per IP/bot generation, they can improve themselves procedurally.

  5. eaglescout1984 says:

    There is a special place in Hell for these people.

  6. aphonik says:

    These scumbags should be rounded up and flown to Japan to lend assistance. They can start by carrying buckets of water into the failing reactor cores.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am disgusted just by reading the headline

  8. Ugly Canuck says:

    One way to help Japan at present while also in some sense helping yourself would be to invest in those Japanese companies whose share prices are currently un-necessarily low due to panic selling…but you shall need to do research, just like before you give to any charity!

  9. Baldhead says:

    trying to work out why Red Cross wouldn’t be the obvious first choice for just about everyone. People are stupid.

  10. Anonymous says:

    the japanese government has just asked to *not* send relief workers to japan, if i’m not misinformed. and i’d guess, japan doesn’t need financial donations. this is a G8-country. as devastating the tsunami was, it didn’t affect the whole country, which means there are pretty much capable of handling the situation by their own means. they certainly don’t need aid teams flying in, and, as it happened (with a german aid team), fly immediately back when they learned there might be radiation.
    really. if japan needs aid, they will ask for it. i believe they don’t need catastrophy tourism.
    if one is not in japan right now, there’s really nothing we can do. clicking on a link to donate some money will just achieve to give yourself a cozy feeling of having done something, and if you’re really impulsive, maybe you’ve just filled the pockets of a scammer.
    there’s a charity industry. they, first, feed themselves. be distrustful. ask for documentation: how much of the money i’ll donate actually arrives at the purpose? how big is the percentage you’ll eat up for your administration? you assault me here, on the street, but you’re not willing to give me real information? you claim to work for a legit charity, but in reality you are working for an outsourced company who will actually take up to two years worth of my donation?
    i’m not heartless. but i certainly believe that direct help is the way to go. it might be better to give money to the proverbial nigerian spammers, as they will spend it, means: fueling it into the local economy, than paying the opulent salary of a charity’s c.e.o.
    sorry for the rant…

  11. benher says:

    I am in Osaka, Japan. I am using the American Red Cross.
    Hands on Tokyo is also trustworthy but they (according to their website) are currently unable to proceed with any projects since they are at the heart of the tragedy.

    Please beware of fraudulent charities! We are overwhelmed by the generosity that we have been shown by the world and it would be a waste if your well intentions were not received.

  12. benher says:

    It is worth mentioning also that Google, Paypal, and others have also been making donations easier.

    Just an aside – I hope someone gives Google and Twitter some kind of recognition for all they have done to help us over here.
    Google had an emergency response site up within 1 hour of the earthquake! I was using it to search for family and friends the same day.

  13. AnneH says:

    Doctors Without Borders would be a good choice as well.
    http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

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