Suspected Fraud Line Preys on Grief-Stricken Haitian-Americans

WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It has been reported that there is an ongoing fraud scheme promising to safely transport relatives in Haiti to the United States for $500, the Embassy of Haiti and the Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee reported this evening.

The scheme preys on grief-stricken Haitian-Americans with current U.S. Passports.  The suspected fraud line is (877) 269-2008.  Callers are told to wire $500 via Western Union, and in return they will allegedly receive a package and confirmation number to fly to Haiti to bring back five relatives still on the ground in Haiti.  The Embassy of Haiti and the Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee strongly urge Haitian-Americans to use caution when approached by any person or organization that promises flights for Haitians still on the island.  

If you have any suspicions of fraud related to the Haiti Earthquake Relief efforts, please contact the FBI hotline at (866) 720-5721, fax (225) 334-4707, or e-mail

The Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee is a coalition of local and international organizations developed with the support of the Haitian Embassy in Washington D.C. to streamline efforts during disaster relief. GWHRC was first convened in 2008 to respond to the series of Hurricanes that hit Haiti that year.

SOURCE The Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee; Embassy of Haiti


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