Police warn of bogus Haiti charity fund

Local people wishing to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake are being warned by Devon and Cornwall police to make their donations through recognised charities.

Local people wishing to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake are being warned by Devon and Cornwall police to make their donations through recognised charities.

The warning comes following the discovery of emails from an organisation calling itself "Help Save the World and Needy" which is believed to be bogus.

The emails ask recipients to make donations to the "Haiti Prosthetics Fund" and include a London address.

Officers are urging those wishing to donate to help the victims of the disaster to do so through established bodies such as Christian Aid, CAFOD and the Red Cross.


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A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police's economic crime unit said: "The disaster in Haiti obviously touched the hearts of local people together with millions of others around the world.

"Unfortunately there are always those who take advantage of people's suffering.

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"We have been made aware of the existence of these emails and we would advise those wishing to make donations to always turn to recognised charities so that they know that their cash will be directed to those in need.

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