In the first 36 hours after the tragedy, ABC News found that 64 new Web site URLs that seem connected to Haiti Earthquake relief had been registered. ABC News has no idea whether or not any of the following web sites are legitimate or illegitimate, but the list is below:
haiti-earthquake.org; haitianearthquakefund.org; haitiearthquake.org; haitiearthquakefund.org; haitiearthquakerelief.org; haitiearthquakerelief2010.org; haiti911.org; haitian-relief.org; haitianaid.org; haitianarthquake.org; haitiandisasterrelief.org; haitianearthquake.org; haitianearthquakeaid.org; haitianearthquakeappeal.org; haitianearthquakerecovery.org; haitianearthquakerelief.org; haitianearthquakesurvivors.org; haitianhelp.org; haitianquakereleif.org; haitianrecovery.org; haitianrelieffund.org; haitianvictims.org; haiticharities.org; haiticharity.org; haitidisaster.org; haitidisasterrelief.org; haitidonation.org; haitiearthquake2010.org; haitiearthquakeaid.org; haitiearthquakeappeal.org; haitiearthquakefoundation.org; haitiearthquakehelp.org; haitiearthquakerecoveryfund.org; haitiearthquakereleaf.org; haitiearthquakerelieffund.org; haitiearthquakerescue.org; haitieq.org; haitifamilyfinder.org; haitifunds.org; haitihelp.org; haitihub.org; haitineedshelpnow.org; haitineedsus.org; haitionearthquake.org; haitionfund.org; haitiquake.org; haitiquakeaid.org; haitiquakefund.org; haitiquakerelief.org; haitiquakerescue.org; haitirebuild.org; haitirecovery.org; haitirelieffoundation.org; haitirescue.org; haitirescuefund.org; haitisurvivors.org; haititoday.org; haititps.org; haitiunited.org; haitivictims.org; haitiwillsurvive.org: haitrelief.org
Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy, warns those who want to help to watch out for Internet scammers. As in past disasters, they will try to play on the emotions of the public by sending out what appear to be personal e-mail appeals from individuals in Haiti. The messages may ask for the recipient's "personal" help or direct would-be donors to a Web site that is really just a front for a phony charity.
An FBI official told ABC News that less than 24 hours after the Haiti earthquake the FBI had already received a handful of complaints about Web sites that have been set up that could be a fraudulent. The FBI issued a statement Wednesday urging Internet users to be careful about giving online.
To protect yourself, Borochoff advises givers to target groups with strong track records in the area. They should donate to aid organizations that know Haiti, understand the needs of Haitians, and have well-organized distribution systems for actually delivering that aid.
While modern technology makes it easy to give "impulse" donations – via the Internet, cell phones and other methods -- donors may actually want to wait and donate later, said Borochoff. Better relief channels will have been set up and aid groups will still need the help, since much of the immediate impulse giving will have evaporated.