The Salvation Army is warning donors to beware of a bogus email appeal which asks for donations to The Salvation Army’s Relief efforts in Japan (SEE ATTACHED EMAIL AT BOTTOM).
The appeal, claiming to be from “Salvation Army National Corp.,” urges donors to send a donation to an email address which IS NOT a valid Salvation Army address. The scam uses actual language such as The Salvation Army Mission Statement, history, and programs, which has obviously been taken from legitimate Salvation Army sites. It even lists The Salvation Army’s International web address, all in an attempt to trick donors into believing that the email is legitimate.
Those interested in The Salvation Army’s relief efforts are encouraged to visit The Salvation Army USA’s national website at www.salvationarmyusa.org
There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:
• Text the words “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
• By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY • On-line at: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org
• By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to The Salvation Army World Service Office International Relief Fund PO Box 630728 Baltimore, MD 21263-0728
• Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
These funds offer the greatest flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible. At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting donations of goods or household items (gifts-in-kind) from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan.
The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the generosity that has already poured in to help us meet both immediate and long-term needs.
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING EMAIL IS A SCAM (scam email is in italics)
From: Salvation Army National Corp. [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 7:57 PM Subject: Japan earthquake and Tsunami: How to help/Salvation Army? Salvation Army National Corp. Alton, Hampshire, GU34 United Kingdom
DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK!!! firstname.lastname@example.org THIS IS A SCAM EMAIL!!!
Mission and Programs The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
A 127-year old, faith-based charity, The Salvation Army helps people with all kinds of needs in virtually every community across America. Some of these activities include operating Adult Rehabilitation Centers, running programs for children and seniors and providing emergency disaster services support. Additional Comments from the Organization According to management expert Peter Drucker, The Salvation Army is “by far the most effective organization in the U.S.”
A responsible steward of the generosity of the American people, at least 83 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army goes directly to assist those in need.
We humbly want to bring to your notice and call for your immense support to massive 8.9/9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. Salvation Army National Corp have been working hard to see how to raise help to these pandemics situation.
We humbly hope for your support and strongly believe you can save a life.
Add to Japan earthquake and Tsunami
I want to contribute: E.g ‘Amount’ ‘USD’
You must enter donation amount. You must enter a valid dollar amount.
You must enter a minimum $100 amount. ($100 USD minimum)
1. FIRST NAME: 2. LAST NAME: 3. AGE: 4. ADDRESS: 5. CITY: 6. STATE: 7. ZIP CODE: 8. COUNTRY: 9. PHONE NUMBER: 10 GENDERS: 11.AMOUNT. Designation (Optional)
To designate your donation for a specific fund or purpose, please enter a description of how you’d like your donation to be used. Dedication or Gift (Optional)
To make a donation on behalf of or in memory of another person, please enter the person’s name. You will have a chance to send an eCard to this person at the end of making a donation. R
EMMITANCE OPTION * To donate: Contact us by email using: email@example.com Salvation Army National Corp. Alton, Hampshire, GU34 United Kingdom http://www.salvationarmy.org Tel: (44) 07035947651 Fax: (44) 07024048271
Questions? Frequently asked questions about the Network for Good donation process.
Privacy and Security Your donation is safe and secure. ________________________________________
The Salvation Army encourages anyone who has any doubt about any mail appeal to call their local Salvation Army office or donate online at www.salvationarmyusa.org or by calling 1-800-Sal-Army.
We pray for those who feel it necessary to scam honest and generous people by using the sad and tragic disaster in Japan in a dishonest way.