Tragedy can bring out both the best and worst in people. The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week have evoked an outpouring of support and aid from around the world, which is truly inspirational. However, just as quickly as people jump in to help, others jump at the chance to steal. Just days after this disaster reduced much of Japan to ruins, con artists are finding ways to profit from the relief efforts.
Be wary of any unsolicited emails you receive asking for donations. Do not click on any links or attachments contained in such emails, as they may implant viruses on your computer. Also be cautious while on social networking sites. Many people are using the sites like Facebook and Twitter to promote the relief effort, but be sure to seek out your own route to make a contribution. Whether you know the person making the recommendation or not, beware. Your friend’s account could have been hacked by a con artist trying to take advantage of your generosity.
If you want to make a contribution, don’t let these scams deter you. Do some research and find legitimate charities to which you’d like to contribute. American Red Cross, Americares, and CARE are just a few reputable organizations who are taking part in the relief effort.
We urge you to contribute if you can, but remain conscious of the con artists who may try to take advantage of this tragedy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.