[wisconsin] Haitian Earthquake Relief Fraud Alert
kbrockman at badgerassoc.org
Thu Jan 14 13:07:38 GMT 2010
Seems the list has been pretty quiet lately. Hope
you are all enjoying the milder weather. Thought
I would forward this; it's sad that this type of
thing does happen when tragedies occur. We all
need to be aware of this stuff too as blind
people. Have a good day! Kathy Brockman
>Federal Bureau of Investigation - Press Release
>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.
>Therefore, before making a donation of any kind,
>consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, to include the following:
>list of 6 items
>. 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
Kathy Brockman, Membership Coordinator
912 N Hawley Rd Milwaukee, WI 53213
414-615-0107 414-256-8744 FAX
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