Because there has been a huge disaster in Japan last night, I felt I needed to put this tip on what to watch out for. Since this happened, there have people starting up "charities" and spamming email, Facebook, and various websites. Here are some tips on what to watch out for:
-Misspellings. No good charity will not use spell checking. It doesn't matter what it says, just ignore these.
-Domains. Please watch were you are sending money. If you send money via PayPal to email@example.com (notice the double "d"), it will not being going to the Red Cross.
-Charity watchdog. Please make sure you are checking out any new charities, before sending them money. Charity Watchdog is a great site which will tell you the history of a charity as well as how they spend their money. www.charitywatch.org
If you aren't sure what to do, just donate to the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders, and you can rest assured these are good charities who have been around for a while.