Online panhandling

Online panhandling

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Be it the Red Cross or American Cancer Society, sites asking for online donations are commonplace. Also common place are sites where the purpose is purely self-serving.

Social media expert Cristin Grogan likened it to online panhandling, where websites and elaborate sob stories have replaced the traditional street corner and a cup.

"And for really frivolous seeming things like paying off credit card debt and not for any medical expenses or anything like that but because they've over-spent or they've over-shopped," Grogan said.

Case in point: a same-sex couple in London engaged to be married and asking for money to help fly one groom's parents to their wedding from South Africa. Not so bad until you realize they are having not one but four wedding-related events across the globe with apparently no money left for parental airfare.

Helpmeleavemyhusband.com is exactly that: a woman looking for donations to pay for her divorce.

Helpoutbrian.com was started by Brian who racked up credit card and student loan debt that he wants the public to help pay off.

Grogan and other industry experts acknowledge that some of these sites claim to have more serious reasons for cyber begging, like alleged medical bills or mortgage help.

Just in case the online panhandler isn't skilled in setting up an online collection cup, there's even a site to help you do that as well.

"It's certainly taking advantage of people," Grogan said. "And I think it really affects the nature of the Internet and the seemingly good nature of the Internet and what it's supposed to serve."

  • Your MoneyMore>>

  • Conference call: your bathroom break

    Conference call: your bathroom break

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-08-22 02:47:23 GMT
    We asked several people what they do when they are on a conference call. Most of them answered: "The bathroom." Yes, according to a survey conducted by InterCall, 47 percent of 500 people admitted to taking a conference call from the bathroom.
    We asked several people what they do when they are on a conference call. Most of them answered: "The bathroom." Yes, according to a survey conducted by InterCall, 47 percent of 500 people admitted to taking a conference call from the bathroom.
  • The future of books and bookstores

    The future of books and bookstores

    Thursday, August 21 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 00:46:06 GMT
    The advent of dedicated e-readers and other devices that allow us to read electronic books has dramatically changed the publishing industry as well as the book retail industry. As an avid reader, Julee Allen is always buying books. And she prefers to buy them in person at a book store. In this age of Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers, some may call Julee and others who prefer to buy actual books part of a shrinking breed.
    The advent of dedicated e-readers and other devices that allow us to read electronic books has dramatically changed the publishing industry as well as the book retail industry. As an avid reader, Julee Allen is always buying books. And she prefers to buy them in person at a book store. In this age of Kindles, Nooks and other e-readers, some may call Julee and others who prefer to buy actual books part of a shrinking breed.
  • Using your credit card rewards

    Using your credit card rewards

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:56:50 GMT
    Cashing in your credit card points can be a great way to shop. You've earned them. But analysts say a lot of people don't use these rewards simply because they forget. Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor for thestreet.com, has some tips on how you can make sure to make the most of your rewards.
    Cashing in your credit card points can be a great way to shop. You've earned them. But analysts say a lot of people don't use these rewards simply because they forget. Lauren Lyons Cole, a personal finance contributor for thestreet.com, has some tips on how you can make sure to make the most of your rewards.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices