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WATCH OUT FOR SCAMS! Some horrible human being saw my request for help on aidpage (see my previous post). He sent me an email offering $900. It sounded too good to be true, but I crossed my fingers and gave him my mailing address to send the donation after telling him that I'd give the remaining $400 to another person in need (probably on this site). Then he replied saying he wanted to send me $3200 and have me take out the $900, then wire the rest to a charity and a hopeful heart transplant patient. Right away I knew it was a scam. The thing that I find really infuriating and just totally disgusting is that someone would prey on people who are desperate for charitable assistance! If anyone here gets a message from a "James Garvin" (firstname.lastname@example.org), RUN! I wish I knew how to track this guy down but the email trace hits a wall in a server in Amsterdam. Probably pointless anyway. EVERYONE: PLEASE BEWARE OF EMAILS FROM PEOPLE WHO OFFER MORE THAN YOU ASK FOR. They actually want to saddle you, people who are in desperate need of assistance, with thousands of dollars in criminally-aquired debt. I wish all of you the best this holiday season and I really hope none of you fall for this guy, and that you get the help you all need.
Hello, I'm a college student in desperate need of $400. I moved to a new apartment (I was living on a couch before) and the deposit, higher rent, new bill origination fees/etc. ate up all of my financial aid for the quarter. My textbooks were also very, very expensive, and I can't get any help from my family. I have a part-time job but it won't be enough to cover emergency costs before January. Please help if you can. If I can't come up with the money I may be evicted and have to drop out of school. I'm still applying for second jobs. Apparently I'm going about this the wrong way because no one's contacting me! I am very introverted and this is probably part of the problem. I do have many useful skills.
I promise that if you help me I will volunteer my time at the local St. Vincent de Paul and/or the Thurston County Food Bank. The St. Vincent de Paul gives out free hot meals to the community (often the majority who come in are homeless). The Food Bank gives out emergency packages of food to anyone who finds themselves in a food emergency for any reason, up to 12 times a year. They also help people receive more long-term food aid. I have received emergency assistance from them in the past, and they totally saved my butt.
If I receive a donation anywhere near the $400 I need, I will devote at least 5 hours a week OR MORE to this endeavor. This will be a total of AT LEAST 100 hours by the end of June (when I go volunteer somewhere else every summer).
If you don't want to give me free money, then consider buying my art as a holiday gift for someone. Either way, if I get $400 or sufficiently close to that amount, I will volunteer as stated.