Earthquake in Japan: How to help and avoid donation fraud

When we hear about a disaster like the earthquake in Japan
today, most of us try to think of ways we can help. But some cybercriminals try
to think of ways they can take advantage of online givers to steal money and
personal information. Here are a few ways you can donate
more safely
.

Tips to help avoid online donation scams

For more advice, see Donation
scams
.

For more information about how to avoid other kinds of online
fraud, see Email
and web scams: How to help protect yourself
.

Microsoft is actively updating news and disaster resources, including Bing Maps on the Microsoft Corporate Citizenship page.

 

 

 

About the Author
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 »

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7 comments
  1. Anonymous

    I saw the footage about the tragic events in japan and I will be praying for those that did not survived,and also I will pray for those who survived and if there is any other thing that i can do such as donations. I will be sure to help. sighing off.

  2. Anonymous

    Yes, in these days and age, you can never be too careful. Avoid donating outside known and reputable websites. Avoid solicitors on the streets asking in the name of a certain organization or cause.

  3. Anonymous

    Amazon.com is letting people use their Amazon accounts to donate to the Red Cross's Japan Earthquake/tsunami relief fund.

    There is a button on the upper right of the Amazon homepage.

    Thank you!

  4. Anonymous

    I would *never* donate to the Red Cross, not one thin dime to them. They collected millions after Haiti and Haiti's still a complete disaster years later. They have provided training and aid to the Taliban with money donated by people who had no idea exactly where their donations were going.

    My money's going to ShelterBox in the UK, which is currently shipping thousands of shelters to Japan. When you donate to them you can track the ShelterBox that you helped to fund until it reaches its destination.

  5. Anonymous

    I can't believe this. :0

  6. Anonymous

    Don't send them any money, And no problem. No one helps America unless they want something.

  7. Anonymous

    This is why real life is better. Instead of reading this comment, go outside and play, or grow a garden/etc.!

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