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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday March 25 2014, @05:48PM   Printer-friendly
from the so-simple-an-idiot-could-do-it dept.

lhsi writes:

"It has been discovered that some people have been accidentally donating money to a different charity than they intended by using the wrong SMS keyword. In the last few days, a lot of donations have been made to the Cancer Research UK charity, however some have accidentally been made to Unicef instead where mobile users sent a text with the message "DONATE" instead of "BEAT" to a specific shortcode.

Unicef has said, "We contacted Cancer Research [UK] as soon as we became aware of what was happening. Unicef and Cancer Research [UK] have agreed that these donations will be received in full by Cancer Research [UK]."

Even knowing which word to use didn't help some people as their smartphone auto-corrected "BEAT" to "BEAR", and they were subsequently sent information about adopting a polar bear from the WWF."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by DBCubix on Tuesday March 25 2014, @05:58PM

    by DBCubix (553) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 25 2014, @05:58PM (#21091)

    Who needs a doberman when you have a polar bear!

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