How to help the earthquake victims in Nepal

The devastation caused by a massive earthquake in Nepal and the Katmandu Valley region has left many people asking how they can help.

If you’re looking for a way to give, the Federal Trade Commission urges you to do some research to ensure that your donation will go to a reputable organization that will use the money as promised.

Urgent appeals for aid that you get in person, by phone or mail, by e-mail, on websites, or on social networking sites may not be on the up-and-up.  Unfortunately, legitimate charities face competition from fraudsters who either solicit for bogus charities or aren't entirely honest about how a so-called charity will use your contribution.

If you’re asked to make a charitable donation, consider these tips: 

  • Donate to charities you know and trust. You want to find a charity with a proven track record with dealing with disasters.
  • Designate the disaster. Charities may give the option to designate your giving to a specific disaster. That way, you can ensure your funds are going to disaster relief, rather than a general fund.
  • Never click on links or open attachments in e-mails unless you know who sent it and what it is. Opening attachments — even in e-mails that seem to be from friends or family — can install malware on your computer.
  • Don’t assume that charity messages posted on social media are legitimate or have been vetted. Research the charitable organization yourself.
  • When texting to donate, first confirm the number with the source. The charge will show up on your mobile phone bill, but be aware that text donations are not immediate. Depending on the text message service used by the charity, it can take as much as 90 days for the charity to receive the funds.

For more on the questions to ask and for a list of groups that can help you research a charity, go to Charity Scams.

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I wouldnt give one cent to the Big Earthquake over there as i feel for them as i went through the same kind of earthquake in CHRISTCHURCH NEW ZEALAND back on the 22nd feb 2011 as i have paid well over $700,000,000 in insurance in the 55 years that i have been paying insurance as my hospital and three storyed motels in christchurch didnt come cheap of insurance along with my house and contents which some contents cant ever be replaced in a life time but not to ever get one cent back from paying out all that money has hurt me again in my life badly and then i come to DUNEDIN and got badly scammed out from ANZ BANK SOUTH DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND of a total of $500,000 when i have accounts in christchurch to pay for and every body keeps on telling me in NEW ZEALAND that i have a bad credit well how the heck can i when they steal this much in funds from me regards mandi

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