Skip to comments.Our policy on third party or personal fundraising on FR: Don't do it!
Posted on 02/27/2014 12:23:42 PM PST by Jim RobinsonEdited on 02/27/2014 12:51:10 PM PST by Jim Robinson. [history]
Don't do it. Prayer requests are ok, but asking for money is not.
There is absolutely no way that we can vet people asking for money on the internet and so our policy is not to allow personal or third party fundraising on FR. Occasionally people do it anyway. And sometimes good Samaritans get burned. People are not always who they seem to be. Beware of who you send money or personal information to (real names, phone numbers, address, email address, checking account numbers, etc).
We have warned, suspended and banned posters in the past for violating this policy. But it still happens and innocent people get burned. Do not send money to people you don't know [UPDATE] unless they are a long-term business or organization with a good reputation (Free Republic for example). Do not give anyone your personal information unless you know them personally or they have a known trustworthy reputation. It's too easy for unscrupulous operators on the Internet to steal your information, use it, or sell it for others to use.
My personal information is well known on the Internet so I subscribe to a service that guards my identity. And I do receive alerts from time-to-time. Even so, I've still had personal credit cards compromised more than once. Luckily for me, the credit card companies took care of it.
Be careful out there. Guard your personal info. Do not become a victim of an Internet scam or of identity theft. If you suspect there's a chance of your credit card or checking account info or any other of your personal info may have been compromised, check with the major credit reporting agencies or subscribe to a service like lifelock, etc.
The only authorized fundraising we do on FR is our quarterly fundraisers for our operating expenses and we've been doing this for over 15 years.
Thank you all very much.
This is a public announcement, not an advertisement.
I’ve seen this done a few times and it has always worried me. Just because a personal plea is posted doesn’t mean a person is who they pretend to be. Paranoia can be healthy. ;-)
I am a hidden Prince in Nigeria and I have need of
help from YOU because I have chosen carefully and
cannot remove the family jewels without help outside
Many thanks for posting this!!
Eternal vigilance ....
Is that tax deductible?
Cool! Do you take Bitcoin?
While the policy is good and precise, I take every opportunity to point out that:
I SEND MONEY TO THE SENATE CONSERVATIVES FUND AND EACH CANDIDATE THEY SUPPORT.
Just a fact. Do with it what you will.
Quite frankly, I wouldn't want any help removing the family jewels...
This sounds HUGH and SERIES!!
Laz, my agency is better than your agency. We are cheaper and offer unlimited memberships.
Clearly the issue is beyond cheese and moose remedies. You know what that calls for.....
I strongly approve of this policy. Thank you. As my good friend in Nigeria advised when he took over managing and protecting my assets, . . .