Avoid Haiti donation scams

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, people from all over the world have been moved to donate money to relief organizations. Unfortunately, scammers have already begun to take advantage of people’s goodwill. If you plan to donate online, beware of scams and hoaxes.

Tips on how to avoid a donation scam:

1.       Use trusted donation Web sites, such as The Red Cross.

2.       Do not click links in donation e-mail messages. Type the Web address directly into your browser instead.

3.       Before you donate money online, make sure the site is secure. The Web address should begin with https. The s stands for secure.

4.       Watch out for scams in e-mail messages, on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and even in Web site search results.

For more information, see How to avoid online donation scams.

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »