From the COLlive Inbox:
I’m what people would call a gevir. A successful guy who has money to give. I give to charitable causes. I give generously. I just donated my hard-earned money to scam artists right here in our community. I want to make sure you are not scammed like I was so I will tell you what happened to me personally.
I gave a lot of money to another woman her claims to be running a major chessed organization. Turns out she takes most of the money for herself and her relatives.
One woman calls me very often crying that they will lose their apartment. She milked tens of thousands of dollars from me and a few other gevirim. Turns out, her rent has long been covered. Instead, she is using the money to buy other things that are considered a luxury.
Another recent situation is a couple who approached me begging for money for their children’s tuition. I gave them the money right away since they said the principal will kick them out of school. Long story short, I met the principal and he said someone else paid their tuition months before.
These are real life situations and now I know that the people who really need money are NOT the ones asking. The people who really need tzedakah are too embarrassed to ask.
I was a victim of these FRAUDS. Hashem gives wealth to people and opportunities to give tzedakah and WE HAVE THE OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE TZEDAKAH GETS TO THE RIGHT PEOPLE. THE ONES WHO ARE TRULY IN NEED. Not the scam artists. These people should be ashamed that they are taking food and money from those who really need.
To those who are deceiving many people: don’t take advantage. We work hard for our money. Don’t lie to us. Don’t steal from us.