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How To Help Tsunami Victims

Thousands of well intentioned good Samaritans have been collecting food and clothing - a well-meaning effort, say aid agencies, but put to the wrong use, reports CBS News Correspondent Lee Cowan.

"It can take a week or months for them to get over there at great cost," said Roger Dixon of the American Red Cross.

Money may see like an impersonal way to help, but in this hour of need, cash rings loudest of all, reports Cowan.

The following aid agencies are accepting contributions for assistance that they or their affiliates are providing for those affected by the earthquake and tidal waves in Asia:

Action Against Hunger
247 West 37th St.
New York, NY 10018

ADRA International
Asia Quake Fund
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
800-424-ADRA (2372)

Air Serv International
6583 Merchant Place, Suite 100
Warrenton, VA 20187

American India Foundation
c/o McKinsey & Company
55 East 52nd Street, 29th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Tel: 212-891-4654

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc.
DC-South Asia Tsunami Relief
P.O. Box 321
847A Second Ave.
New York, New York 10017

American Jewish World Service
45 W. 36th St., 10th Fl.
New York, NY 10018

American Red Cross
International Response Fund
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, D.C., 20013

88 Hamilton Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902

Baptist World Aid
Asia Tidal Waves
405 North Washington St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
703 790 8980

B'nai B'rith International
B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund
2020 K. St. NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Brother's Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

151 Ellis St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203-7090
1-877-HELP-CRS (1-877-435-7277)

Christian Children's Fund
Child Alert Fund
PO Box 26484
Richmond, Virginia - 23261-6484

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
South Asia Earthquake
2850 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49560

Church World Service
PO Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515

Direct Relief International
27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders USA
P.O. Box 1856
Merrifield, VA 22116-8056
[no longer accepting donations]

Food for the Hungry, Inc.
Food for the Hungry
Asia Quake Relief
1224 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

International Aid
17011 W. Hickory
Spring Lake, MI 49456

International Medical Corps
Tsunami Emergency Response
1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 300
Santa Monica, CA 90404-1950

International Relief Teams
Asia Earthquake/Floods
3547 Camino Del Rio South, Suite C
San Diego, CA 92108

International Rescue Committee
PO Box 5058
Hagerstown, MD 21741-9874
877-REFUGEE or 733-8433

Latter-Day Saint Charities
Welfare Services Emergency Response
50 East North Temple Street, Room 701
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150-6800

Lutheran World Relief
South Asia Tsunami
700 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230

MAP International
P.O. Box 215000
Brunswick, GA 31521

Mercy Corps
Southeast Asia Earthquake
Dept. W
PO Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208-2669

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development
Tsunami Disaster Relief
44450 Pinetree Drive, Suite 201
Plymouth, MI 48170-3869

267 Fifth Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Network For Good
Web site serves as e-philanthropy clearinghouse

Operation USA
8320 Melrose Ave. #200
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Oxfam America
Asian Earthquake Fund
PO Box 1211
Albert Lea, MN 56007-1211

Plan USA
Asia Disaster
155 Plan Way
Warwick, RI 02886

Project Concern International
Asia Tsunamis Press List
5151 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 320
San Diego, CA 92123

Project HOPE
Asia Tsunami Response
255 Carter Hall Lane
Millwood, VA 22646

SAWSO (Salvation Army World Service Office)
South Asia Relief Fund
615 Slaters Lane
Alexandria, VA, 22313

Save the Children USA
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880

Stop Hunger Now
SE Asia Crisis
2501 Clark Ave, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27607

Union for Reform Judaism
Attn: Asian Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund
633 Third Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10017

UJA-Federation of New York
United Jewish Appeal Federation - Tsunami Relief Fund
P.O. Box 27877
New York, NY 10087-7877

United Methodist Church
South Asia Emergency Fund
475 Riverside Drive, Room 330
New York, NY 10115

U.S.A. Freedom Corps

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Refugee Tsunami Victims Fund
1717 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20036-2003
202-347-3507, 797-2105

U.S. Fund for UNICEF
General Emergency Fund
333 E. 38th St.
New York, NY 10016

World Concern
Asia Earthquake and Tsunami
19303 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133

World Emergency Relief
2270-D Camino Vida Roble
Carlsbad, CA 92009

World Food Programme
Friends of the World Food Programme
2 UN Plaza
NY, NY 10017

World Vision
P.O. Box 70288
Tacoma, WA 98481-0288

FBI Issues Tsunami Disaster Relief Fraud Alert

In a press release dated Jan. 5, 2005, the FBI urged the public to be alert to a variety of Internet scams involving the solicitation of additional relief funds for the victims of the disaster.

The FBI, through the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), has received reports of websites being established purportedly to assist with collection and relief efforts. Complaints submitted to the IC3 have identified several schemes that involve both unsolicited incoming emails (SPAM), as well as reports of responses to posted email addresses, to assist for a fee, in locating loved ones who may have been victims of the disaster. A fraudulent relief donation Web site has also been detected containing an imbedded Trojan exploit which can infect the user's computer with a virus if accessed.

The IC3 is cautions against participating in this type of online correspondence. Consistent with previous guidance phishing/spoofing and identity theft, IC3 recommended the following precautions:

  • Do not respond to any unsolicited (SPAM) incoming emails.
  • Be skeptical of individuals claiming to be surviving victims or foreign government officials asking for help in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts.
  • To ensure that contributions to U.S. based non-profit organizations are used for intended purposes, go directly to recognized charities and aid organizations websites, as opposed to following a link to another site.
  • Attempt to verify the legitimacy of non-profit organizations by utilizing various Internet based resources which may assist in confirming the existence of the organization as well as its non-profit status.
  • Be leery of emails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.

    Several variations of this scam are currently in circulation. Anyone who has received an email referencing the above information or anyone who may have been a victim of this or a similar incident should notify the IC3 via their Web site.