SCAM Message: I am a volunteer in Kherson region in Ukraine and I must admit that the situation has become extremely dire. The Russian forces are intensifying their attacks almost on an hourly basis, which has resulted in a cut off of all essential supplies and clothing. With extreme cold and lack of food supplies, it has become extremely difficult for innocent Ukrainian civilians to survive, most of whom are homeless. Internet and all communications are heavily censored and down most of the time.
We have been promised foreign aid by countless charities and organisations but in reality, hardly anything arrives. I suspect that all deliveries are being intercepted by Russian troops.
As a last resort, I am appealing to help Ukrainian civilians in the region with all essential supplies.
We would ideally need medical supplies, food (non-perishable or longer lasting), warm clothing and anything else you may be able to provide.
If you are able to deliver help, please could you send it to the below address which we are using as shelter for the time being.
Alternatively, we are also accepting cryptocurrency donations as conventional banking instruments are simply not available to us. If you do not have cryptocurrency, you can easily purchase and send it from Coinbase, Coinpayments, Coin Mama or alternative providers.
No donation is too small and will be most appreciated.
I would like to send you some pictures and video footage of the atrocities in the region but unfortunately, the internet is too slow and very intermittent.
I would be most appreciative if you could share this message on social media and your friends to raise awareness about the situation and lobby your local government to provide more support to Ukrainian army.
Thank you for you help.
REPLY: Scammers have contacted me numerous times requesting money for Ukrainian civilians. I removed the mailing address and crypto wallet numbers from the message above. Please do not fall for these scams! A genuine charity is well-vetted, reputable, and keeps a paper trail. They would not contact you from a private email address or ask for crypto. People often fall victim to these pleas for help, they target people who mean well. But the money is not going to charity and they will try to extort you for more money.
Zelensky has basically sent out a giant scam message to the world to plea for help. No one knows where the funds are going besides the vague messages he provides. We know politicians like Biden have private interests in Ukraine but everyone turns a blind eye to the blatant fraud. No one knows how much money has been sent to Ukraine or will be sent to Ukraine. Most Ukrainians have fled, besides those Zelensky has prevented from leaving. Even civilians do not trust Zelensky. “I suspect that all deliveries are being intercepted by Russian troops,” the above message stated, as the corruption in Ukraine is so widespread that there is no trust. Do not fall victim to these scams. There are real non-profit charities that actually help people in need. Look into any charity in great detail to see exactly where the money will be spent.