According to an article at Boing! Boing!, fraudsters trying to take advantage of would-be-do-gooders by turning them into victims, are at a record level. Quoting the article:
Fraudster scumbags have beaten all records in setting up fake Japan relief pages, fielding more than 1.7 million malware pages, 419 scams trading on the Japanese disasters, 50+ fake domains with “Japan tsunami” or “Japan earthquake” in their URLs. MacWorld recommends donating via the Red Cross, or other established charities that you’re familiar with.
The staff here at Indie Nation agrees with the Boing! Boing! and MacWorld. Stick with the charities you know and we also suggest texting 90999 to donate to the Red Cross with you cell phone. So be smart, be leery and don’t become another victim.
- Fraudsters break all records in Japan relief ripoffs (boingboing.net)
- Be careful of fake Japan relief websites (ubergizmo.com)
- Gwen Stefani Donates Mucho Money to Japan (923now.radio.com)