Is donating to Unicef legitimate?

pranav0091

I am not an Owl
The security seal on their page (near the credit card section) doesnt lead back to the security vendor. Could be just bad design, but its suspicious anyway.
 

NoasArcAngel

Wise Old Owl
Site check report for donatetounicef.org ()

well it looks alright ..

hostip.info :

Host name: 216.172.169.174
IP address: 216.172.169.174
Location: Tampa, FL, UNITED STATES

hmm website hosted by hostgator.... ...

Extended Validation (EV)
This SSL Certificate will not display a green address bar in the visitors browser, nor the identity of the website owner or the Certificate Authority. EV SSL Certificates have the highest level of trust and security.

no EV

Recently this popup/ad keeps coming up on the screen and I am sure you guys have seen it already. I was wondering if it's legitimate or not? I mean will the amount go at appropriate place or just another crap and stealing method for different needs? You know what I mean.
https://www.donatetounicef.org/?camp=dchildsurjan13appnex

Thanks in advance.


www.unicef.org.in leads to https://www.donatetounicef.org/?camp=sparshmar2012

well its a fake.

http://www.ewhois.com/unicef.org.in/

Created On:07-Mar-2012 05:41:36 UTC
Last Updated On:23-May-2012 07:01:47 UTC
Expiration Date:07-Mar-2013 05:41:36 UT

also check this ... the official donate to unicef : http://www.ewhois.com/supportunicefindia.org/

http://in.linkedin.com/in/yvats - one of the admins according to whois lookup.
 
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ithehappy

ithehappy

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Site check report for donatetounicef.org ()

well it looks alright ..

hostip.info :

Host name: 216.172.169.174
IP address: 216.172.169.174
Location: Tampa, FL, UNITED STATES

hmm website hosted by hostgator.... ...

Extended Validation (EV)
This SSL Certificate will not display a green address bar in the visitors browser, nor the identity of the website owner or the Certificate Authority. EV SSL Certificates have the highest level of trust and security.

no EV




www.unicef.org.in leads to https://www.donatetounicef.org/?camp=sparshmar2012

well its a fake.

Unicef.org.in - Unicef - Whois Lookup, Reverse IP Lookup

Created On:07-Mar-2012 05:41:36 UTC
Last Updated On:23-May-2012 07:01:47 UTC
Expiration Date:07-Mar-2013 05:41:36 UT
So this one is fake as well. Good :cool:
So this one is legit? I get a page like this,
 

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NoasArcAngel

Wise Old Owl
So this one is fake as well. Good :cool:

So this one is legit? I get a page like this,

yup as db6mg already pointed out thats the real one. Btw id suggest if you wish to make such transactions, making it in person is always the best. better than that help the needy yourself. :)
 
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ithehappy

ithehappy

Human Spambot
yup as db6mg already pointed out thats the real one. Btw id suggest if you wish to make such transactions, making it in person is always the best. better than that help the needy yourself. :)
I already have been doing this for more than 5 years now. Just 3 institutions I'm connected with, but still. Problem is I can't manage time to be present by myself, that's why I was thinking about online.
besides.. before making any donations to such organisation do check where your money is going..
things like Salaries of Charity CEOs Compared - Urban Legends should matter to you when your putting your hard earned money for good cause
I'll check what that is. Thanks.
 

mastervk

In the zone
for online donation "giveindia" is a good option..You can register your account and then select your cause and organization you want to donate to.you can also set up automatic deduction.I am using it since last 5 years..
 

pranav0091

I am not an Owl
charity is the biggest pure profit business atleast in India.

+1. Mostly true if not always.

Wanna do charity? Do it yourself, something as small as 10 rupees instead of 1 to an elderly/weak beggar is a good starting point.. (Now, don't accuse me of supporting begging. I know what I am doing and I'll be very pissed if some wannabe samaj-sudharak pulls that argument out of his mouth) In fact I much prefer to do that instead of donating to organisations (never, Simply because I dont know how it'll be used, who is going to benefit out of it or how much of it actually reaches the people-in-need). Or you could send some money to the bank accounts of some poor kid who is suffering from some disease and his parents are unable to fund the treatment. You see such appeals on newspapers on an almost daily basis. They can be fake as well, but I generally make a call to the phone number given and talk a little bit and convince myself of the case (Not very foolproof, but still, I think we can pretty much make out from the voice at the other end...)
 

desai_amogh

In the zone
^ +1

There are 100s of oldage homes or orphanages around every city/states. instead of donating money (i mean if you really want to make sure ur money is going for a good cause) go check with the autorities what their rquirements are. buy books, clothes, food for them. At best even if you give them sweets on a weekend, etc...
 
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ithehappy

ithehappy

Human Spambot
It's very easy to say, 'do it yourself'. Well to do these things, I need to run a business first, that's what gives me the juice to contribute to some unfortunate people, I hate the term poor, everyone is poor at some point. Besides there is a limitation of 'do it yourself', I mean it's limited to a confined area. That's why I wanted to go online, as I said. If Unicef and those institutions are cheating then obviously that's their problem, but mine :/
Besides, I am already 'doing it myself' as I said.
+1. Mostly true if not always.

Wanna do charity? Do it yourself, something as small as 10 rupees instead of 1 to an elderly/weak beggar is a good starting point.. (Now, don't accuse me of supporting begging. I know what I am doing and I'll be very pissed if some wannabe samaj-sudharak pulls that argument out of his mouth) In fact I much prefer to do that instead of donating to organisations (never, Simply because I dont know how it'll be used, who is going to benefit out of it or how much of it actually reaches the people-in-need). Or you could send some money to the bank accounts of some poor kid who is suffering from some disease and his parents are unable to fund the treatment. You see such appeals on newspapers on an almost daily basis. They can be fake as well, but I generally make a call to the phone number given and talk a little bit and convince myself of the case (Not very foolproof, but still, I think we can pretty much make out from the voice at the other end...)
 
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