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U.S. Federal Trade Commission web site advises those making donations for victims of the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake to read their web page of dos and don’ts:


and check the InterAction web site for a description of legitimate charities at: http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti

InterAction is the largest coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people.