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Jan-27-10 Mercer County Consumer Affairs Office Warns of Haiti Relief Effort Scams
CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J.— Mercer County residents are opening their hearts and wallets to help the millions of people in Haiti who have been devastated by the Jan. 12, 7.0 magnitude earthquake there, but Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the County Office of Consumer Affairs want residents to be aware of a number of scams that are taking place, and suggest safe avenues to donate to the Haiti Relief Effort.
“There has been an immediate outpouring of generosity by the people of Mercer County, from school children gathering up all their loose change, scout groups giving donations, church and civic groups offering money and supplies and citizens across the board asking how they can assist the great people of Haiti,” said Hughes, but often in the wake of such a crisis, scam artists take an opportunity to exploit the generosity of others.”
Mercer County’s Office of Consumer Affairs can help direct donors to competent relief organizations, so that their money gets to needy victims.
InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based international non-governmental organizations, has a list of agencies responding and how to donate to them. Find it here: http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti
To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text Haiti to 90999. The amount will be added to the user’s next phone bill. The organization is also accepting donations through its International Response Fund, http://www.redcross.org
World Water for Haiti provides solar water pump and purifications systems called Mobile MaxPure. To contribute to the non-profit agency, send donations to Worldwater & Solar Technologies Inc., Technology Center of Princeton, 330 Carter Rd, Princeton N.J. 08540. Contributions can be made by check, credit card or PayPal, payable to World Water for Haiti or at http://worldwatersolar.com/disasterrelief/
To donate $5 to Wyclef Jean's Haitian Yele charity, text 501501. The money will be added to the user’s next phone bill.
To find out how to help the International Rescue Committee, visit http://www.theIRC.org or call toll free, 1-877-REFUGEE.
To donate through Oxfam's emergency appeal, visit http://www.oxfam.org.uk
Consumers who think they may have been victimized by a Haiti Relief scam should contact the Office of Consumer Affairs at (609) 989-6671 or online at