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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: 1) by iWantToKeepAnon on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:46PM

    by iWantToKeepAnon (686) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:46PM (#21181) Homepage Journal

    mobile users sent a text with the message "DONATE" instead of "BEAT" to a specific shortcode

    I can understand BEAR/BEAT ... but DONATE/BEAT ... what's the catch? That's NOT a misspelling!

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." -- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • (Score: 2) by wantkitteh on Wednesday March 26 2014, @09:14AM

    by wantkitteh (3362) on Wednesday March 26 2014, @09:14AM (#21405) Homepage Journal

    More importantly, WHICH phone model(s) / OS(s) contain an autocorrect feature that changes correctly spelled words?

    I have a Nokia Lumia 720 running Windows Phone 8.0 - no BEAT > BEAR bug here. Anyone else feel like checking?

    DONATE/BEAT is a user fail.