National Center for Disaster Fraud to Coordinate Haitian and Chilean Fraud Complaints : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

National Center for Disaster Fraud to Coordinate Haitian and Chilean Fraud Complaints

March 11, 2010

National Center for Disaster Fraud to Coordinate Haitian and Chilean Fraud Complaints
FBI

WASHINGTON (RPRN) 03/11/10 — Shortly after the earthquake in Haiti last January, the FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) established a telephone hotline to report suspected fraud associated with relief efforts. That number, (866) 720-5721, was initially staffed for the purpose of reporting suspected scams being perpetrated by criminals in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. Since then, with the recent earthquake in Chile, our efforts have expanded to identify similar fraud activity emerging from that disaster. Therefore, the public is encouraged to call this same number—(866) 720-5721—to report suspected fraud from either disaster. The telephone line is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, e-mail information can be directly sent to disaster@leo.gov.

The National Center for Disaster Fraud was originally established by the Department of Justice to investigate, prosecute, and deter fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when billions of dollars in federal disaster relief poured into the Gulf Coast region. Now, its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud from any natural or manmade disaster. More than 20 federal agencies, including the FBI, participate in the NCDF, allowing the center to act as a centralized clearinghouse of information related to Haitian or Chilean relief fraud.

The New York Times Home Delivery

The FBI continues to remind the public to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before giving contributions to anyone soliciting donations on behalf of Haitian or Chilean victims. Solicitations can originate from e-mails, websites, door-to-door collections, mailings and telephone calls, and similar methods.

Before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, including the following:

  • Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails, including clicking on links contained within those messages because they may contain computer viruses.
  • Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
  • Beware of organizations with copy-cat names similar to but not exactly the same as those of reputable charities.
  • Rather than following a purported link to a website, verify the legitimacy of non-profit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources that may assist in confirming the group’s existence and its non-profit status.
  • Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
  • To ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.
  • Do not be pressured into making contributions, as reputable charities do not use such tactics.
  • Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions. Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
  • Avoid cash donations if possible. Pay by debit or credit card, or write a check directly to the charity. Do not make checks payable to individuals.
  • Legitimate charities do not normally solicit donations via money transfer services.
  • Most legitimate charities’ websites end in .org rather than .com.
  • There are scams targeting Haitian immigrants and their families offering assistance in getting family members and friends out of Haiti. These individuals charge a fee and then claim they will provide the necessary immigration paperwork or an airline ticket for disaster victims to leave Haiti. For official information pertaining to immigration from Haiti to the U.S., visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.USCIS.gov.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of Haitian or Chilean earthquake victims, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud at (866) 720-5721. You can fax information to (225) 334-4707 or e-mail it to disaster@leo.gov.

You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.

*****Sign up for FBI e-mail alerts at www.fbi.gov by clicking on the red envelopes.*****
Follow the FBI on Twitter @ FBIPressOffice

Media Contact Name: FBIPressOffice
Media E-mail:
Media Web Address: http://www.fbi.gov
Main image credits: FBI
Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: BREAKING NEWS, Crime, Politics, PRESS RELEASE

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / Anne Howard annehowardpublicist.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

Newborn Foundation Featured on Global Health Panel at Annual Patient Safety Science and Technology Summit

SAINT PAUL, MN and IRVINE, CA-- 01/23/15 ·  - The Newborn Foundation, an international nonprofit leveraging medical...

Cape Coral Waterfront Estate Known as “The UPS House” to be Sold at February 10th Absolute Auction

Fort Myers, Florida 01/21/15 · Truck Driver Turned Executive Selling Florida Riverfront Dream...

Studio One selects Visual 2000 End2End Suite of Fashion Business Solutions

LONDON, UK 01/20/15 · Visual 2000 International announces manufacturer Studio One  are...

CPD Seminar: How Skill Trade Workers Will be Effected by Express Entry

Vancouver, BC - 01/19/15 · Ashton College Announces Seminar Addressing Express Entry - New...

Dr. Ken Pool, IT Pioneer, dead at 62, leaves a rich legacy in health data standards and public health

ARLINGTON, TX 01/17/15 · With deep sadness  OZ Systems announces the sudden passing...

Dr. Ken Pool, Founder and Chairman of Dallas-based OZ Systems, Dies at 62

ARLINGTON, TX 01/16/15 · It is with deep sadness that OZ Systems announces...

Real Estate Auction – Is It Right for You?

Charlotte, NC 01/12/15 · Luxury homeowners looking to sell their estates face...

Philippines to Host Largest Crowd in Human History

Manila, Philippines 01/12/15 · The largest gathering of humans ever recorded will...

First Dedicated Canadian Bitcoin Price Index Launched

Vancouver, BC 01/08/15 · The Canadian Bitcoin Index (CBIX) created by Vancouver...

OnServe & Learning Brick has expanded to Niagara/Southwestern ON.

Kingston, ON 01/06/15 · Onserve is your trusted IT services company in...

Music Host Network Wants Writers Now!

LOS ANGELES 01/06/15 · The Music Host Network, a music media site...

Identify genuine web traffic from bots and botnets

SAN FRANCISCO 01/06/15 · As a provider of high-quality web traffic, Traffic...

Author Manfred Popp publishes - You can do what I did: lose weight, improve your health, stay fit -

Gaimersheim / Germany 01/06/15 · New book from author Manfred Popp about Weight...