Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Habitat For Humanity SCAM!

This is so disturbing! Habitat For Humanity is a fantastic organization that does great work to help many people.
Some disgusting people are posing as representatives (read - FAKE) of Habitat For Humanity, even going to the lengths of using real looking HFH email addresses, and are scamming people. It is horrible that these people are scamming others, but it is absolutely repulsive that they are tarnishing the image of a great organization.

This is one of the emails that they have been sending to people:

Habitat For Humanity reply-tofile:habitatrep1@gmail.com
Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Work With Us(Part Time Job)
hide details Nov 3 (4 days ago)

Hello Prospective Employee,

At HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, We work hard to improve and provide training, technical expertise and support in fund-raising to the national organizations in all the regions of the world. However, the actual work of HABITAT is carried out at the community level by affiliates that have been officially approved by the HFHI Board of Directors. The International Board of Directors (IBOD) are volunteers from around the world who share a deep concern for the problems of poverty housing.

You've got a chance to be one of our representatives and earn a commission for funds raised.This Could earn you an average of $300-$500 weekly.
You can be rest assured that you WOULD NOT be required to pay any fees upfront and this won't affect your current job earnings or disability payments in any way and you can conveniently work from your desk at home.

Private donations will be made in your name from our esteemed Voluntary Donors in your region and you'll be allowed to deduct 10 percent (10%) of the total amount on these donations. This serves as your remuneration for the great service you would be rendering in support of saving lives in the third-world countries. Balances (after the 10%) shall be required to be forwarded to the Regional Co-ordinators of the various charitable projects we are involved in around the Globe.

Please Note: You won't have to do any traveling and WILL NOT be required to pay any fees, this position won't affect your present employment.

To apply, Kindly forward the following info: to our Human Resource Department at the email listed below for further instructions.

PHONE NUMBER (S) must be valid) would be called to confirm.

Habitat for Humanity
REPLY TO BE SENT THROUGH : habitatrep1@gmail.com

Notice the reply to email above? Just a gmail address. Figures. Red flag!

The note from a forum user that posted the scam:
They are possibly promoting themselves as Habitat for Humanity reps and soliciting for money. If you take this, they will have people write out checks to you. Please do not do this and if you received an email send it to Habitat for Humanity Government/Advocacy department at hfhiadvocacy@habitat.org

By looking at this, it looks legit because of the "habitat.org" email address. I'm not sure about this and can not explain it. But what I am sure about is that it is illegal to have donations written out to you personally on behalf of a non-profit organization. I tried calling the 1-800 number and it has been busy for 4 hours. I google'd the email address and found this on the email: Habitat for Humanity International - Anti-Fraud International.

I hope Habitat For Humanity will press charges against these scammers, and that justice will be served.

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