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Jan 17, 2010

Making money from the Haitian quake

I can barely believe the cheek of this email that plopped into my inbox today:
HELP HAITI LONDON
13 Liverpool Road,
Islington, London,
N1 0RW

Dear.Friend

On Tuesday, a catastrophic earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince almost the whole of Haiti. The full extent of the damage is still being assessed, but the death toll -- already in the thousands -- is climbing fast.

This is the worst earthquake to hit the area in more than 200 years. Entire communities have been ripped apart and as many as 3 million people have been directly affected, including tens of thousands of American citizens who are in Haiti.

Haiti is racing to confront the enormous devastation -- and the OFA community can help.
Footage is pouring in of homes collapsing, Haitians carrying injured family members, and hospitals being overrun in what was already the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.

we have directed this means of contact individuals to respond with a swift, coordinated, and aggressive effort to save lives. Personnel from the United States and our partners in the international community are on the ground in damaged areas right now, working side by side with the Haitian people. They're providing food, water, and sanitation supplies, saving lives and helping Haitians,please your help is also needed

Despite the fact that we are experiencing tough financial times now we encourage those who can to reach out and help. It's in times like these that we must show the kind of compassion and humanity that has defined the best of our national character for generations.

PLEASE FOR NOW YOU CAN SEND YOUR DONATIONS BY WESTERN UNION TO OUR HELP HAITI LONDON CORDINATIOR ANN BROWN WITH THE BELOW INFORMATION,NO AMOUNT ITS TOO SMALL HELP AND GOD WILL BLESS YOU!!

Receiver:Ann Brown
Location:London Uk
Email: helphaitinow@consultant.com
send her all related information or call john on +447031842276

Please if you make any donation send us the following informations for reference .
1) Your full name:

2) Sex:

3) Age:

4) Occupation:

5) Mobile / Telephone Number:

6) Country:

6) Nationality:

As this story continues to unfold, I hope you will continue to keep the people of Haiti in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the many Haitian-Americans who have done so much to enrich our country and who are worried about friends and loved ones in this time of need.

Thank you,

David Cole
Just in case you missed the rather obvious signs of a 419 scam such as the rotten grammar and spellings and other inconsistencies, there's a completely unnecessary request for personal information to cap it all off.

Scumbags.