UPS Free Shipping to Haiti a Rumor, Not True
There was a rumor going around yesterday that UPS was offering free shipping to Haiti in a box that weighed under 50lbs, but it is just that, a rumor and is not true.
UPS is not even shipping to Haiti at this current time, so don't go to your local UPS dealer and expect to get your package sent for free, it's not going to happen.
If you do wish to send something to Haiti, UPS is encouraging you to send through accredited organizations such as the American Red Cross:
UPS is not accepting shipments from individuals or local organizations due to the logistics challenges in Haiti. Service will resume as soon as conditions allow. Shipments to Haiti made prior to the earthquake are temporarily being held at UPS facilities in Miami.
It is unfortunate that when a disaster such as the Haiti earthquake occurs, while there is a major outpouring of aid efforts, there is also the possibility for scams and the FBI is warning people to be really careful of any Haiti donation scams.
If you receive an e-mail asking for help it could be a scam and it's best to verify it from the organization's direct website before proceeding.
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