« Japanese Earthquake, 11 March 2011 | Main | More fake earthquake charities »

Mar 14, 2011

Beware of fake Japanese earthquake donation sites

The tragedy in Japan has been immense, and everyone rightly wants to help as much as possible.  However, be careful who you give your donations to.

We've received word of a site called "Japan Donation", which asks you to sign up for an account, and then, who knows:

20110314_30717_pm

The domain was registered on Friday by an individual in the UK with a Hotmail address.  Part of the email address listed is "makemoney".  We assume they forgot to add "togivetocharity" afterwards.

Even if the person behind the site has the best of intentions, this is much like someone coming to your front door wearing a potato sack and asking for money to help Japan.  Don't trust charity sites you can't verify: stick to well-established organizations like Doctors Without Borders or the Red Cross.