Family Care Foundation (FCF) has been notified that a person(s) in Greece have been approaching individuals via the Internet, a social networking site or otherwise, claiming to be employed by FCF and/or a missionary associated with FCF. In one such scenario, the person fictiously representing FCF lists vacation houses for rent on craigslist, etc and requests money to be wired, transferred to an account abroad and/or sent by Western Union. In another scenario, they ask for money to be sent to them for travel or other supposedly program-related expenses. Please be advised that Family Care Foundation has no projects in or Project Managers assigned to Greece, and has no involvement with any such scheme, and also cautions you to be aware of bogus FCF identity cards that such individuals may also present. Such actions, individuals or agencies are not authorized by Family Care Foundation. If you have any questions concerning such matters, please call our office.
Family Care Foundation (FCF) has been notified that persons in Nigeria have been approaching individuals via the Internet, a social networking site or otherwise, claiming to be employed by FCF. In one such scenario, the person fictionally representing FCF lists vacation houses for rent on craigslist, etc and requests money to be wired, or transferred to an account abroad. In another scenario, they ask for money to be sent to them for travel or other supposedly program-related expenses. Please be advised, that while Family Care Foundation does work with two Project Partners in Nigeria, these abovementioned approached would not be employed by anyone legitimately associated with Family Care Foundation. If you have any questions concerning such matters, please call our office. Further suggestions
Family Care Foundation and other charitable agencies are sometimes subject to "phishing" attacks (email scams). The scams request online donations to be directed to a web site different than Family Care Foundation's official sites (familycare.org and familycarefoundation.org), or claim to offer job opportunities, requests to convert funds, or requests to forward financial transactions directly to field programs.
If you have received such an email in connection with a job or financial opportunity, we urge you not to respond. These emails are not legitimate. Either delete the email or report it to www.ic3.gov.
All response forms requesting confidential information (such as credit card numbers) on Family Care Foundation's Web site utilize the Internet security protocol known as "Secure Sockets Layer" or "SSL." This is a certification and encryption technology designed to make using your credit card as safe as possible on the Internet.
Independent agencies report that (statistically speaking) using a credit card on the Internet through SSL is far safer than submitting your credit card to a clerk in the grocery store, or over an open telephone line. In fact, they report that there are no recorded instances of someone "breaking" SSL encryption and using credit card information stored therein for fraudulent purposes.
The SSL technology depends on secure Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) which are certified by a certifying authority such as Thawte. Secure URLs always begin with "https://" rather than "http://" and if you are using one from a browser that recognizes SSL (including Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, AOL's version 3, and Spyglass, among others) you will generally also receive a preceding message and/or see a symbol, such as a lock, that signifies that you are on a secure page. Any information you enter on such a page is encrypted at your browser, sent over the public Internet in encrypted form, and then de-encrypted at our servers.
If your browser doesn't support SSL technology, you will receive an error message when trying to access our SSL page.
Once we receive your credit card information, it is accessible only to a small number of trusted Family Care Foundation staff who has been specially trained in processing this information.