I’m sure everyone on SDMB would like to help Japan dig out from the latest disaster. But let’s be careful…for every tragedy there is an asshole trying to profit from it using reprehensible tactics, trying to steal your money. For example, I just got this email, addressed to Realtors. The formatting and grammar are reproduced exactly as I received it.
Note that it had official-looking buttons at the bottom with paypal and credit card logos. Mousing over them, the URLs looked legitimate, but I suspect any money you donate thru them will end up in Nigeria, where it will support more emails like this, not Japan earthquake relief.
If anyone has a link to a legitimate disaster relief fund, please post it here. Of course, the American Red Cross is always available.