Reposted from the FBI's Web site.  I'm sure it took as long for first responders to start responding as it took some evil people out there to start setting traps for those wanting to help recover from this major disaster in Haiti.  There are some pretty sick people out there in the world, and I don't mean the ones who are suffering in Haiti right now because of the disaster. As you might note, we just did our fund-raiser for Caroline Ubbens and we've chosen not to be trying to raise funds for the Haiti disaster simply because we don't want to impede the flow of relief to Haiti.  If you want to contribute to the Haitian relief, please go to the American Red Cross.  There are just too many nut jobs out there looking to take advantage of such a dreadful situation. 

If you or you know someone who has allegedly been taken advantage of by a fraudulent collector, please follow the link at the bottom and report them to the government. 

Haitian Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert

The
FBI today reminds Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in
the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye
and do their due diligence before responding to those requests. Past
tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal
intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable
organization and/or a good cause.  Seal

Therefore, before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, to include the following:

  • Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages.
  • Be
    skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims
    or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking
    sites.
  • Verify the legitimacy of
    nonprofit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources
    that may assist in confirming the group’s existence and its nonprofit
    status rather than following a purported link to the site.
  • Be
    cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas
    in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Only open
    attachments from known senders.
  • Make
    contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on
    others to make the donation on your behalf to ensure contributions are
    received and used for intended purposes.
  • Do
    not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits
    contributions: Providing such information may compromise your identity
    and make you vulnerable to identity theft.

Anyone
who has received an e-mail referencing the above information or anyone
who may have been a victim of this or a similar incident should notify
the IC3 via www.ic3.gov.

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