10 July 2009

McCanns: Commercial Exploitation Continues

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«High profile means media rich and there are individuals who will exploit your child’s tragedy to cash in their fifteen minutes of fame. Be wary of lowlife opportunists posing as family spokespersons or glad handing politicians attempting to raise their profile on the evening news. You need neither new best friends nor an entourage. Your goal is to find ways to promote your child’s case and further the investigation.

Every two-bit con artist within a hundred mile radius is going to angle for a slice of the money pie. Americans respond to crisis with great generosity, and few events epitomize crisis better than the desperate family of a kidnapped child. A local financial institution should tightly control funds raised to assist the family or recover the child. Accounts should be established for specific purposes and withdrawals should require two signatures: one from a family member and one from an objective third party. The missing child’s family should sanction fundraising activities and money that is raised should be immediately deposited into the relevant accounts. Media should be scanned for bogus fundraising activities and law enforcement should be contacted when they are discovered.

Ironically, while tragedy and crisis often time brings out the best in people it also posses the power to highlight the worst. If you are in the grip of crime and are focused on the recovery of a kidnapped child, have a trusted individual watch your back, because although we want to think the best of everyone who extends a hand, history and common sense teach us that exploitation does exist and even pond scum will find its optimum level of existence.»


Extract from the Klaas Kids Foundation on Commercial Exploitation


12 comments:

  1. I miss Amaral.
    No interview?

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  2. bonsoir Joana,
    je viens de me rendre compte que le lien du blog Mila et Mercedes n'apparait plus !!!
    est-ce une conséquence de ce que nuno duarte vous a fait, et, la mise au point de Paulo Reis, hier ???
    c'est lorsqu'on est dans la peine que l'on compte ses amis !!!
    courage, joana, le monde est plein de gens intéressants et honnêtes !!

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  3. http://insite2out.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/maddie-mccann-she-wont-want-to-be-found/
    She Won't Want To Be Found

    Taken from GREENES INSITE



    IRONSIDE

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  4. Who are Mila and Mercedes?

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  5. ironside, you always find the most amazing links. thanks

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  6. another stunt, sigh

    it saddens me this has really become PROJECT

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  7. "A local financial institution should tightly control funds raised to assist the family or recover the child. Accounts should be established for specific purposes and withdrawals should require two signatures: one from a family member and one from an objective third party."

    Ooops!...that's not the way the Madeleine Fund works, is it?...
    I wonder why? Only parents and relatives or close friends in charge of it, very convenient indeed!

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  8. I have an e-mail from John McCann (February 2008) assuring me that the official web-site would be where the Directors would respond to numerous questions, and that the Madeleine Fund was following the Charity Commission's guidelines.

    The financial returns left us with more questions than answers and certainly did NOT follow the Charity Commission's guidleines.

    We don't get answers to any questions and Gerry's blog is little more than a tacit token gesture these days.

    Having seen the latest on-line store promotion, I feel sick and incensed in equal measures. Is Madeleine no more than a fund-raising venture for them now?

    Joana, let me know if anyone can make good use of this e-mail that I have!

    Regards

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  9. From where I sit, all Madeleine EVER was to the whole stinking lot of them, was a meal ticket.

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  10. Anon. at 10/07/09 23:45

    Dear Anon, thank you so much for the information. Please send me the email [joanamorais@gmail.com] in question, forward the email, and if possible please include the original headers of that email.

    Here is a site that explains how to do that with several email systems - http://www.abika.com/Reports/Samples/emailheaderguide.htm

    I'll then pass it on to the proper authorities, and to Mr. Gonçalo Amaral.

    Thank you, warm regards

    Joana

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  11. E-mail forwarded with header details. Please confirm that you received it.

    Thanks Joana.

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  12. Anon. at 10/07/09 23:45 Not yet, will post a message here upon arrival. thank you

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