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Saturday, September 03, 2005 

Scammers already taking advantage of Hurricane Katrina

No, I'm not referring to my earlier Pat Robertson post. These are the fraudsters not subject to official Bush administration approval.

"Date: Sat, 3 Sep 2005 02:47:22 +0300
From: "Brian Shapiro"
To: xxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxx.xxx
Subject: Katrina, Donate to the relief effort.
X-Mailer: KMail [version 1.2]


Donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. -

http://arc.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=ntld_main

Or, if you are worried about the legitimacy of this email, feel free to:

Goto http://www.redcross.org/ and click "Donate Now"

(Copy and paste the above URL's, If you cannot click them)

FEMA.gov also has a listing of organizations that accept cash donations as well as materials/voluneer contributions:
http://www.fema.gov/press/2005/katrinadonations.shtm .

A little bit, can go a long way.

Regards."

The link to "donate" goes to a clearly faked American Red Cross page. It's always shocking to see these sort of scams coming out of the woodwork to make money out of someone else's misfortune.

It really, really angers me to know that there are scum that would sink to this level. The problem is, that decent people (like the vast majority of those reading this post) just can't comprehend the level of sheer wickedness, the utter lack of conscience needed to do something like this in the face of so much death and misery.

Speaking of which, one would think that the authorities would now be evacuating New Orleans in a fair manner, irrespective of race and class. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong.
"At one point Friday, the evacuation was interrupted briefly when school buses pulled up so some 700 guests and employees from the Hyatt Hotel could move to the head of the evacuation line — much to the amazement of those who had been crammed in the Superdome since last Sunday.

"How does this work? They (are) clean, they are dry, they get out ahead of us?" exclaimed Howard Blue, 22, who tried to get in their line. The National Guard blocked him as other guardsmen helped the well-dressed guests with their luggage.

The 700 had been trapped in the hotel, near the Superdome, but conditions were considerably cleaner, even without running water, than the unsanitary crush inside the dome. The Hyatt was severely damaged by the storm. Every pane of glass on the riverside wall was blown out."

Disgraceful. (hat-tip to Atrios)

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

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