The scumbag scammers have started in already on the disaster that has struck in Japan. Here is a very recent e-mail I received to donate money. Tzu Chi Foundation does appear to be a legit fund raising and aid organization but the e-mail I received was from a scammer . Basically he wanted me to send money to the Tzu Chi Foundation but gave me his address. I did link the real site to wherever you see the Tzu Chi Foundation.
This is the 1st email:
The Tzu Chi Foundation seek your help today with all of those who are suffering in the devastation caused by the earthquakes in Japan and the tsunami in the Pacific. We encourage all Second Life Residents to support the relief efforts however they can, and we would like to help.
Tzu Chi chapter in Tokyo has opened up its office as shelter, and it is also providing hot meals as well as internet connection for people to contact their family members. So far, Tzu Chi chapter in Tokyo has provided 500 sets of goods to people who cannot return home at this moment.
Tzu Chi Foundation, whose name means “compassion and relief,” is an international humanitarian organization with a special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Founded by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in 1966, the group has nearly 10 million volunteers and supporters in 50 countries and has provided aid in 70 countries. Tzu Chi’s work spans the fields of charity, medicine, education, environmental protection and disaster relief. It also established what is now the world’s third largest bone marrow donor registry, and promotes humanistic values and community volunteerism. In 1984, Tzu Chi Foundation registered as a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization in California. In 1989, the first office in the U.S. was established in Alhambra, CA. Since then, more than 80 offices and facilities have been established with over 120,000 volunteers and supporters working to make a difference in their local communities. Please support Tzu Chi Foundation to help put a smile back to the Japanese citizens as well as the Animals in japan.
To make a donation, please use this informations below for our USA representative for Tzu Chi Foundation:
Address: 425 laguna drive,rohnert park.california USA
Please email the payment information to:
Thank you for wiping away tear from the eyes of millions ,
Tzu Chi’s street fundraising campaign.
United State Of American Chapter
END OF 1ST e-E-MAIL
I replied: Should we all just send cash?
The Answer was:
Thank you for been part of our donors to give to our Emergency Relief Fund. These types of funds ensure that our medical teams can react to theJapan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami emergency and humanitarian crises allover the world, particularly neglected crises that remain outside the media spotlight. Your contribution will be earmarked for our Emergency Relief Fund. Think about the children who lost their parents or parents who will never see their loved once again indeed its a sad story.
We know you did like to jump on a plane and help, but a lot of us can’t
and so many has donated money, food, medical equipment, etc already, but they still wondered what else they could still do but at this point fundsare needed. Please make contributions directly to Tzu Chi Foundation organizations (Our American Representative) rather than relying on othersto make the donation on your behalf to ensure contributions are receivedand used for intended purposes.
But if you are reading this, chances are, the people of Japan need thosefunds more than you or I do. Whatever you can afford will make adifference in Japan, Who knows when the lives of our family and friends will be on the line…? But remember for every smile in Japan you madethem smile. Money isn’t going to solve this problem, but it’s going to getthe supplies that are needed to the people who need them as soon aspossible. For the short term, that’s what’s important. All proceeds godirectly to Japan relief efforts. Once again thank you very much for your bounteousness towards the people of Japan. Please make payment to ourAmerican representative with the information below:
Receivers’ Name: John Ridge
yes send cash
Sorry for the elusive message its due to our heartfelt for the people of
Japan. We hope to hear from you soon.