Today is “Totally Ticks Me Off Tuesday” where you
talk rant about something that doesn’t quite tickle your fancy. To see other participants, check out Mommy from the Midwest’s blog.
What’s ticking me off today? SCAMMERS– especially the ones that take advantage of a tragedy. You’ve seen it happen before. How many illegal accounts/scams were set up after 9/11? All claiming that you should donate your money and they, will in turn, give your donations to the victims? I’m sure the same happened after Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Tsunami that hit Indonesia and the surrounding areas.
Now, again on the other side of the world, another tragedy happened in the Philippines. For those who aren’t aware, Tropical Storm Ketsana (“Ondoy” to those in the Philippines), turned Typhoon, hit the Philippines last Saturday, 9/26. They got a month’s worth of rainfall in the span of 9 hours. Some stories note that they got more rain in that time than what Hurricane Katrina poured down in the Southeast US. This left the Capital city and it’s surroundings underwater where only rooftops were visible in a lot of places. There are hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes…The death toll is rising and disease is sure to come.
Unfortunately, the onset of a tragedy not only brings people together to help out, but it also brings out the scammers claiming they will give your donations to help those in need, but in reality, they don’t and probably use it for themselves. In this day and age, where it’s so easy to pay for things and donate online, it’s hard to trust anyone. I have been looking online as to where I can donate and the only viable sources I can find are the major TV networks over there that set up accounts and the Philippine National Red Cross. Unfortunately, and yet fortunately, the bandwidth limit exceeded on one of the network donation sites: http://www.abscbnfoundation.org/. I guess that means that a lot of people have donated. The Philippine National Red Cross lists a multitude of ways to donate
, but do not have an online system :( and FINALLY have an online system! They ask you to donate in PhP (Philippine Peso)…need to convert? This website has a converter!
There are a lot of other sites that look legit, but I don’t know. I don’t want to get scammed. I like this one website, www.philippineaid.com. It’s very up to date, but it’s hard for me to trust a site that uses PayPal. However, PayPal did just freeze their account and are awaiting verification from the Philippine Red Cross.
PLEASE, before you donate check to see if they are legit. There are too many damn scammers in this world!