In this age, activism through social media has become the new movement. Thanks to the amount of information available to us, we have been exposed to the world’s real problems, and even moved enough to want to help. Unfortunately, not all of us have the resources. So it’s easy to understand why we turn to social media platforms to seek for easy ways to help—such as supporting particular accounts. But we all know not everything you see on the internet is real. Unfortunately, a lot of people take advantage of these problems —for instance, countless accounts on Instagram, which claim to be champions of causes merely to gain clout or to scam other users into donating.
It’s upsetting. But how do you know which accounts are real? Well to start, we recommend you follow @exposinginstascams on IG. Through this account, many fake accounts have been taken down. However, there are still some which exist today, and even have followers. Namely, @sudanrapeaid, @plantatreeco, @repost4bees, @plantatree.ca, @savetheclimate.to, @plantatreeig, @letsendwaterpollution, @savealifetoday2019, @plantatreeofficials. We would like to warn you especially that a lot of fake accounts have emerged since the crisis in Sudan.
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I’ve spent the past few hours compiling all these accounts. I cannot tag all of them but this is what the situation of scams has come to. It’s disgusting how people can use this crisis for attention. CORRECTION: @sudans.uprising is real. Please share this post so we can raise awareness for all these scams. Thank you for all the support.
So if you follow or see any of these, make sure to unfollow or report them.
On the other hand, here are accounts verified by the user. Check them out and spread the word.
United to Help
This charity organization which helps the people of Sudan is real, so you don’t have to worry about your donations. According to @exposinginstascams, they have provided proof of money and resources being provided to the people of Sudan.
One Tree Planted
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28 trees planted in Mexico for urban greening! 😀🌿 Three different species including Leucaena pulverulenta, Kidneywood, and Guamuchil, thanks to IMEPLAN, City Hall of Tonala, Cities4Forests, and all the volunteers 🙌🏾🏙 . . . . #trees #reforestation #environment #sustainability #nature #planetearth #forest #optoutside #greenlife #mexico #cities4forests
This is a nonprofit focused on global reforestation. For every one dollar donation, they plant a tree and offer one-for-one business partnerships. Visit their website for more information.
JDRF aims to “[accelerate] life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat Type 1 Diabetes and its complications.” You can donate through their website or through the Instagram donation feature. @exposinginstascam notes, “Instagram themselves have confirmed they are real by allowing them to have the donation sticker for stories.”
Wear The Peace
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PLEASE READ AND WATCH ALL THE WAY THROUGH: Our intentions: We made this post to spread awareness about the horrible crisis in Yemen. 18.4 million people are in danger of starving to death by the end of the year. Every 10 minutes one child under the age of 5 passes away in Yemen due to malnutrition. We have reached millions of people with this post. This has educated and reminded millions of people of the tragedy. We also provided a donation link for people to donate. Over 950 people have donated to the link. The campaign is currently at $42,000. This will provide over 250 families food packages for a whole month. This will also provide over 15,000 hot meals for the people of Yemen. The original post stated in the slide that we will donate for up to 30,000 shares. We have donated our end of this campaign. The reason to keep sharing is to teach and remind people of Yemen and to provide a donation link for people to help directly. We are partnered with @piousprojects . A registered 501c3 Non-for-profit organization that is currently feeding the people of Yemen every single day. We have been working to better this world for almost 3 years now. We have donated over 8000 pieces of brand new clothing to Helping Hand for Relief and Development who send the clothing to refugees all around the world. We have also donated over $6000 to different charities. ALL OF THE DONATION SLIPS AND RECEIPTS ARE POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE (www.wearthepeace.com/journey) We have always been transparent and we always will be. Thank you for all the support and let’s all work together to change the world! #Wearthepeace
This is an online store advocating for environmental awareness, and donates a percentage of their profits to charities. You can go to their page to see the merchandise they sell, and check their donation highlights to see proof of donation.
Eco Friend Project
This is not an organization, but a small business. Eco Friend Project makes accessories which they sell on their website. They even offer free worldwide shipping for eco-friendly products. An amount of the profits are donated to save rainforests.
This account is actually the alternative account for @tentree, a sustainable lifestyle apparel shop which plants ten trees for every product purchased. As of writing, they have planted over 30,247,180 trees, and they showcase the actual tree plantings through their site.
Through Treedom, you can plant a tree, and follow its story online as each tree is geo-localized and photographed. It also allows you to “gift” that tree to someone special. Visit their website for more details.
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