Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hjälpfonden - beware

Got a call last night from someone who introduced himself as Daniel and told me he worked for an organization called Hjälpfonden. Apparently this is a non-profit organization working to raise funds for cancer and diabetes research.

The problem is, Hjälpfonden are nothing but a big scam, and far from non-profit, with only 4% of the funds going to actual research and the rest getting lost somewhere along the way. Another newspaper reports that in 2007 only 1 out of 25 donated million kronor went to research, making it probably the most inefficient organization in the world. Unfortunately that's just the tip of the iceberg, as they also pretend to cooperate with various organizations, like Karolinska institutet and Diabetes Center Karolinska, while in fact these organizations want nothing to do with Hjälpfonden.

When I voiced my concerns about this organization this little prick Daniel just hung up immediately. Obviously he didn't learn manners at home.

To add insult to injury I'm in the NIX register, meaning I have explicitly said no thank you to any sales call to my private phone number. Most companies and organizations honor the NIX register, as they're obliged to do so, but of course scam artists like Daniel and Hjälpfonden don't care about such minor details.

Here's some more info on Hjälpfonden, and why you should be equally rude and just hang up if they call you:

90-konto stoppas - miljoner borta
Varning för Hjälpfonden
Akta er för Hjälpfonden!

Hell, googling Hjälpfonden should give you enough to read.

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