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Alizina

Report | 01/24/2014 7:32 pm

Alizina

Nope. Absolutely none. They're less likely to get in trouble than the actual homeless people, since the fakers obviously don't have to sleep on any benches.
Alizina

Report | 01/22/2014 10:24 pm

Alizina

Yeah, that makes me angry, the people who are pretending to be homeless. Because of course the pretty fake homeless girl pretending she needs money to get home to Seattle gets more money than the schizophrenic guy who's been sleeping in alleys for 30 years.
Alizina

Report | 01/22/2014 10:11 pm

Alizina

There's a lot of stuff that'd tip you off for scammers, depending on how they contact you. But usually it's not very traceable, so it's not worth reporting. We have scammer beggars, actually... in NYC, there are so many tourists that will listen to fake sob stories. They can make a lot of money.
Alizina

Report | 01/22/2014 10:01 pm

Alizina

I don't know about where you live, but the authorities here have other things to deal with first. I believe there's some report you can file with the police, but a random door-to-door scammer who probably didn't give his real name? Hard to track, and not as important as catching, say, an armed bank robber.
Alizina

Report | 01/22/2014 9:56 pm

Alizina

Yeah, but there's not really anything they can do. Besides, smartphones are fairly new, and not everyone has them. With most scams, they expect to get nothing out of the majority of people, but it just takes one person who doesn't (or can't) look it up and falls for the sob story.
Alizina

Report | 01/21/2014 9:22 pm

Alizina

No, what I was saying is, if someone comes to your door collecting for a charity, you can search for the charity on your phone real quick to find out its authenticity. XD

As for volunteering, I used to volunteer at the Humane Society, and the local library.
Alizina

Report | 01/21/2014 9:15 pm

Alizina

Personally I like to do a quick search on my phone. If it's a total scam, just looking at the first page of results should tell you that. This is like the one thing I love smartphones for. Obviously a few years ago it wasn't an option though.
Alizina

Report | 01/21/2014 9:02 pm

Alizina

Nah, there are a lot of real charities too. You have to remember, even though they are considered nonprofit, the people who work for them do get paid. It is also sometimes easier running a nonprofit, because of tax breaks and lower regulations. So if you can get the same pay, why not work for a charity, right? Makes you feel better, I guess.
Alizina

Report | 01/21/2014 8:54 pm

Alizina

It's a tactic real charities use too, but it's still annoying. Fake ones are worse obviously.
Alizina

Report | 01/21/2014 8:39 pm

Alizina

Noooo. No. I'm talking about something that happens more in person. Like, a person will show up at your door and say he's collecting for a charity. The in-person approach works better because they don't have time to research, and it's harder to say no.

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