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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tips for donating money to Haiti while avoiding being scammed

Link to CBS's list of safe organizations for Haiti donations. It is the most thorough I've seen so far (36) - providing names, charity information and links to the organizations.

To make an automatic $10 donation to the Red Cross, text "HAITI" to 90999; the money will be charged directly to your cell phone bill.

To donate $5 via your cellphone to Wyclef Jean's grassroots organization: text "Yele" to 501501.

Seeking Information on Family Members in Haiti

The U.S. State Department says Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti should call 1-888-407-4747 or or 202-647-5225.

The FBI's six guidelines for disaster response giving :

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.


  1. Thanks. I really hope others will see it - not to have a lot of readersw - but to be able to inform them.

  2. Thanks TnLib. Great info. I gave to CARE and Physicians Without Borders.

  3. Thanks for the information. This is a tragedy beyond comprehension.