Haiti Earthquake Brings Charity Scams Out of the Woodwork

Within hours of last Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti, charities and concerned individuals were scrambling to respond to the catastrophe. From the American Red Cross to Doctors Without Borders, Food for the Hungry to Habitat for Humanity, dozens of organizations were marshaling resources and determining where they could offer aid. At the same time, online scammers were also getting ready. Faced with a tragedy of unbelievable proportions, they recognized that there would soon be a massive wave of public support and moved quickly to divert some of the rich stream of money into their wallets.