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Note that the Canadian government is matching all donations to this site until January 11th - a great way of maximising your donation. Your donation will be tax-deductible too, so that means you can give even more.
Phishing scams and worms plague tsunami aid effort
For all the good that people can do, coming together after a disaster of this magnitude, there ARE still scum out there scamming.... lower than whalecrap on the bottom of the ocean.
I think, in the States at least, that one is fairly safe donating directly to the Red Cross. I'm not sure that helps outside the US....
The one thing locally that made me gag a few days ago was the "good ol' boy" politico who smiled insincerely into the camera and pointed out again that his thousands of dollars in donations were tax-deductible, and "all of us" should follow suit. Which is fine, except that I heard him tell a friend of ours at a town meeting tbe other day that the only reason he "bothered" was because he needed some more tax relief.... But at least he sent the money - doesn't matter how he really feels....
Some people are no damn good. To the rest of you, bless you all for the good you do!
Donations by Phone: Maybe I'm stating the obvious here, but I've seen no mention of picking up the telephone and calling your donation in. I called Save the Children [savethechildren.org...]
I got through immediately (several days ago)and it took about 5 minutes and no worries about scams or viruses. And cheers to all those who are donating.