Gangs use online scams to target Haiti cash: BBC probe | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Gangs use online scams to target Haiti cash: BBC probe

Criminal gangs have defrauded people out of funds intended for Haiti earthquake victims by setting up bogus charities and seeking contributions online, according to a BBC investigation out Tuesday.

Scam emails began appearing online within days of the January 12 earthquake, including some with logos for genuine charities. One for the British Red Cross was traced to a computer in Nigeria, the BBC reported.

Another group, calling itself the M E Foundation, emailed the BBC photos of Haiti projects it said it was involved with -- but which turned out to be of disaster relief activities from the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.

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