03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Cyberbegging Leads To Financial Salvation For Some, Dead End For Others

Left with no options but too proud to panhandle on the street, many people are turning to the Web to ask strangers for help, NPR reports.

Thousands have turned to craigslist and specialized Web sites such as Begslist, Cyberbeg and DonateMoney2Me to appeal to online donors who could help.

The sites appeal to a different kind of panhandler, the broadcast explains, who are in dire straights but value the privacy of the internet when stating their situation. However, the sites are rife with unanswered pleas and the possibility of fraud.


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