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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: 4, Insightful) by isostatic on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:13PM

    by isostatic (365) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:13PM (#21099) Journal

    Have you submitted something better today?

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by EvilSS on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:31PM

    by EvilSS (1456) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:31PM (#21107)

    Well I do have this doozie of an article on how people sometimes send the wrong check to the wrong utility.

  • (Score: 3) by Lagg on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:40PM

    by Lagg (105) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:40PM (#21114) Homepage Journal
    This needs repeating. Yes it sounds like a smartass comment but it's not. If you want the site to give better articles. Send them.
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