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Title    Accidentally Donating to the Wrong Charity
Date    Tuesday March 25 2014, @05:48PM
Author    LaminatorX
Topic   
from the so-simple-an-idiot-could-do-it dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/03/25/1549240

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."

Links

  1. "by using the wrong SMS keyword" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26723457

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