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Old 11-06-2010, 10:29 PM
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Thumbs down Habitat For Humanity Scam

Please note that this is a 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 [email protected]

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.

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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.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
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.

FULL NAME :
FULL ADDRESS :
CITY :
STATE:
ZIP CODE/POSTCODE: ..
PHONE NUMBER (S) must be valid) would be called to confirm.
EMAIL ADDRESS:...


Habitat for Humanity
1-800-800-2191
REPLY TO BE SENT THROUGH : [email protected]
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:00 PM
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How horrible that someone would use such a great organization to build their own scam!

Would it be okay with you if I posted this on my blog, to warn others? If not, it is okay, I respect your privacy.
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:39 PM
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NP.....spread the word to everyone you know!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:32 PM
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Wow, that is awful. Thanks for the warning
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:51 AM
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Wow! That's all I can say. Thanks Smartchic! This is just plain awful! I have done a lot of work with Habitat for Humanity in my local community (building houses) and they are a legitimate, reputable organization. However, it is sad that someone would stoop so low and utilize their organization or ANY legitimate organization for that matter to try and SCAM people!

This is just so sad and affects everyone (the non-profit organization) and the consumers who are wanting to give to them.

However, what throws up a red flag for me is the gmail address. Habitat for Humanity first of all is NOT going to solicit for donations and such via e-mail and they especially will NOT utilize a google address at that. Not to mention, they certainly would NOT have anyone make the checks and or funds out to an individual. It has to be made out to the organization itself.

I hope whomever is doing this gets caught and soon!

Again, thanks so much for the "heads up". It is greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-09-2010, 08:32 AM
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NP.....spread the word to everyone you know!!!!!!!!
Thank you. I have posted it on my blog. I seriously hope Habitat for Humanity presses charges against them, and justice is served.
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