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About Student Financial Aid

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The Wizard   in reply to Umami   on

Banitza with Feta Cheese

Mmmm... may have a piece, please! :-)

 

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What is the Catholic Church worth?

WOW! That is a notable number.... :-) With this income one easily could run 7-8 developing countries...

 

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The Wizard   in reply to The Wizard   on

Friends Helping Friends

Welcome to the Aidpage.com!

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The Wizard   in reply to nikmaster   on

We look for advices, money and any help. Thanks!

Some additional useful links on this matter:

 

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The Wizard   in reply to soulight   on

CHRISTMAS PAGE

Soulight, I've tried to contact you several times via private message.

Do you have problem seeing it?

On your home page click on My Inbox...

I need to talk to you in order to find out what is the problem and eventually to fix it.

 

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The Wizard   in reply to mai-mai   on

children at the dump site need your help.....

Mai-mai, to post pictures, just click on 'Edit' (right above the title of your post) and then in the editor click on 'Insert picture' button.

 

 

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Thank you!

Thank you!

The Aidpage team worked very hard to create the latest revision of Aidpage and we will be really happy if the aidmates like it and use it.

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How to protect ourselves from scammers?

How to protect ourselves from scammers?

It is a real world and there are many types of people. I do believe that the vast majority consists of honest, decent people, unfortunately, there are also scammers, liars and so on. In most of the cases we are unable to recognize them from the first contact. If this contact is via anonymous communication it is even more difficult. Additionally, if the other person is a scammer, the chances are that you will be dealing with a person way more experienced than you with the Internet. Most of the scammers prefer to talk to you one-to-one. Of course! This way it is much easier to create a believable story and it is way more difficult to check this story. Sounds dangerous, doesn’t it? Yes it does, but only sounds like that. In reality it is not that difficult to protect yourself. There is a way to greatly minimize the risk of being scammed. I will try to explain it as simple as possible.

Everything starts with a simple rule:

USE COMMON SENSE!
It is not that difficult at all! Do not give your personal information! Do not give your email - it is a personal information!

 

  1. Assume that the scammer is smarter than you. It doesn’t matter whether it is actually true. That assumption will help you a lot. Less ego is safer! If you do think that the scammer is smarter it is more likely to ask somebody else for help. Therefore, more likely to identify possible scam.

  2. All of you are used in the old way – ‘…here is my email, phone number or (even worst) my address – contact me…’. I know, it appears simple and forward, but it is stupid and dangerous. How about a new way of communication? How about keeping your privacy and keep communicating at the same time? Yes! There is a new way – use aidPage! Keep ALL of your communication with the aidmates via aidPage only. You have choice of public and private messages. It is even more convenient that the old email. What is more important – you exact location and email address are protected. So, the other party has no way to get this private information unless you give it to him/her yourself. Which brings us to the next question – when, how and how much information should we give to the other party?

  3. Will you give your home address or phone number to a complete stranger on the street? Probably not. Why you are doing it on the net?! What would be the common sense action on the street? You will try to get to know this person better. Perhaps, you will meet somewhere else; perhaps, you will take a friend with you…; perhaps after you feel more confident you may give him/her some more personal information about you. Sounds natural, isn’t it? Well, it is! Do exactly the same thing here. Talk to anybody you like. Ask other aidmates for their opinion about this person. Give yourself enough time to know this person.

    I do understand that when you are in trouble there is not much time and you would like to get help as soon as possible. That is probably true, but it is also true that you don’t want more troubles. So, remember – Patience is a virtue! What was the first rule - The scammer is smart. Ok, maybe, but being smart the scammer don’t like to invest too much time with you. He/she is in this for an easy catch. If you are patient, careful and you are asking questions you are not an easy catch. Most likely he/she will loose interest or in the mean time will be identified as scammer by you or some other aidmate. So, you are safe. On the other hand, if the other party is a decent person he/she will not be offended by your questions. He/she understands your worries and will be patient too. A person that is willing to help you will not ask you for anything in advance. It is not a trade – it is help!

  4. Let us say, you found an individual that is willing to help you by sending you some item that you need. There may be shipping charges involved. You might be willing to cover these charges. It is ok, but PLEASE don’t do this in advance! Think! Most likely the other person is better situation than yours. So, he/she can take care about these charges at least temporarily. Once, you receive the item, you can send shipping charges back. If you trust him/her with your address it is just fair to expect such trust back.

  5. If there are money involved. The best way is to use Paypal. It is easy, free and it is safe. Yes, it is easier to get a money order or a check, but it is also easier to counterfeit them. Remember – you are patient and you are not looking for trouble!

    One important note: If somebody is sending you money with a condition to distribute some of them to other parties this is almost 100% scam. Ask yourself why he/she needs this? If he/she want to send money to several people it is easy to be done. Why sending money to you to send them to somebody else? It is a scam!

  6. If the other party claims to be an organization then it is even easier. Any legitimate organization has a public website, publicly known address, phone and officers. If some of this information is missing or withhold there is something wrong! Alter all it is simple advertising for this organization. Ask yourself why it should be a secret? Ask them to publish this information on aidPage. This way other aidmates will be able to check them too.

  7. A word for the people willing to help. The above rules of communication are easily applicable to you too. After all you also don’t want to be scammed by dishonest individual claiming certain needs.

  8. Share your experience whether bad or good with other aidmates. Give yourself a chance to be warned on time and make aidPage a safer place by exposing the scammers.

Follow these simple rules and you will have safer and pleasant experience on aidPage.

Again, be patient and apply common sense!

 

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Nonprofit Organizations

This space is for posting info and resources about nonprofit organizations, charities, and foundations.

People from nonprofit organizations are welcome to post info about their own organizations.

Feel free to participate in this public space.

Two easy ways to do this:

  1. Add a comment or a question here - on this page... or on any other page in this space.
  2. Or, if you want to start a separate thread - make a new page (see the menu on the top-left).

Either way is good - the important thing is your participation. On Aidpage, people support each other by speaking out and by paying attention to each other - as simple as that.

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Government Grants

Use this space to discuss topics about Government Grants, Loans and other assistance...

This is a public space!

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The Wizard   in reply to The Wizard   on

Friends Helping Friends

In the coming new version, the system will offer full editor with formatting capabilities and the links are included in the text. For now, if you would like to post a link, please, use ‘Add web links…’ below the comment area. When you use this feature, then the links will appear at the bottom of your post and they will be clickable.

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The Wizard   in reply to The Wizard   on

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Welcome to aidPage!

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The Wizard   in reply to Robert Del Percio   on

Robert Del Percio

Robert this is a scam. Do not take it. Check the link below.
How to protect ourselves from scammers

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The Wizard   in reply to soulight   on

sl or soulight , (my page for single moms)

Debbi, I was not trying to make this comparison. Of course, you should be more cautious with an individual that you know less about. Obviously when you are face to face with a real person you know much more at the very first moment. The point that I was trying to make is that the Internet itself cannot be blamed for the behavior of the people on it. I made some suggestions (see link below). Without claiming 100% security, I think if one follows there steps, applying common sense can feel much safer. After all, the Internet is a new reality that broadens our chance to meet good people and to make new friends. Certain level of insecurity is the price we pay to get this benefit. Regards!
How to protect ourselves from scammers?

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The Wizard   in reply to Gosho   on

Gosho

Hello

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How to protect ourselves from scammers?

How to protect ourselves from scammers?

It is a real world and there are many types of people. I do believe that the vast majority consists of honest, decent people, unfortunately, there are also scammers, liars and so on. In most of the cases we are unable to recognize them from the first contact. If this contact is via anonymous communication it is even more difficult. Additionally, if the other person is a scammer, the chances are that you will be dealing with a person way more experienced than you with the Internet. Most of the scammers prefer to talk to you one-to-one. Of course! This way it is much easier to create a believable story and it is way more difficult to check this story. Sounds dangerous, doesn’t it? Yes it does, but only sounds like that. In reality it is not that difficult to protect yourself. There is a way to greatly minimize the risk of being scammed. I will try to explain it as simple as possible.

Everything starts with a simple rule:

USE COMMON SENSE!
            It is not that difficult at all!

  1. Assume that the scammer is smarter than you. It doesn’t matter whether it is actually true. That assumption will help you a lot. Less ego is safer! If you do think that the scammer is smarter it is more likely to ask somebody else for help. Therefore, more likely to identify possible scam.

  2. All of you are used in the old way – ‘…here is my email, phone number or (even worst) my address  – contact me…’. I know, it appears simple and forward, but it is stupid and dangerous. How about a new way of communication? How about keeping your privacy and keep communicating at the same time? Yes! There is a new way – use aidPage! Keep ALL of your communication with the aidmates via aidPage only. You have choice of public and private messages. It is even more convenient that the old email. What is more important – you exact location and email address are protected. So, the other party has no way to get this private information unless you give it to him/her yourself. Which brings us to the next question – when, how and how much information should we give to the other party?

  3. Will you give your home address or phone number to a complete stranger on the street? Probably not. Why you are doing it on the net?! What would be the common sense action on the street? You will try to get to know this person better. Perhaps, you will meet somewhere else; perhaps, you will take a friend with you…; perhaps after you feel more confident you may give him/her some more personal information about you. Sounds natural, isn’t it? Well, it is! Do exactly the same thing here. Talk to anybody you like. Ask other aidmates for their opinion about this person. Give yourself enough time to know this person.

    I do understand that when you are in trouble there is not much time and you would like to get help as soon as possible. That is probably true, but it is also true that you don’t want more troubles. So, remember – Patience is a virtue! What was the first rule - The scammer is smart. Ok, maybe, but being smart the scammer don’t like to invest too much time with you. He/she is in this for an easy catch. If you are patient, careful and you are asking questions you are not an easy catch. Most likely he/she will loose interest or in the mean time will be identified as scammer by you or some other aidmate. So, you are safe. On the other hand, if the other party is a decent person he/she will not be offended by your questions. He/she understands your worries and will be patient too. A person that is willing to help you will not ask you for anything in advance. It is not a trade – it is help!

  4. Let us say, you found an individual that is willing to help you by sending you some item that you need. There may be shipping charges involved. You might be willing to cover these charges. It is ok, but PLEASE don’t do this in advance! Think! Most likely the other person is better situation than yours. So, he/she can take care about these charges at least temporarily. Once, you receive the item, you can send shipping charges back. If you trust him/her with your address it is just fair to expect such trust back.

  5. If there are money involved. The best way is to use Paypal. It is easy, free and it is safe. Yes, it is easier to get a money order or a check, but it is also easier to counterfeit them. Remember – you are patient and you are not looking for trouble!

    One important note: If somebody is sending you money with a condition to distribute some of them to other parties this is almost 100% scam. Ask yourself why he/she needs this? If he/she want to send money to several people it is easy to be done. Why sending money to you to send them to somebody else? It is a scam!

  6. If the other party claims to be an organization then it is even easier. Any legitimate organization has a public website, publicly known address, phone and officers. If some of this information is missing or withhold there is something wrong! Alter all it is simple advertising for this organization. Ask yourself why it should be a secret? Ask them to publish this information on aidPage. This way other aidmates will be able to check them too.

  7. A word for the people willing to help. The above rules of communication are easily applicable to you too. After all you also don’t want to be scammed by dishonest individual claiming certain needs. 

  8. Share your experience whether bad or good with other aidmates. Give yourself a chance to be warned on time and make aidPage a safer place by exposing the scammers.

Follow these simple rules and you will have safer and pleasant experience on aidPage.

Again, be patient and apply common sense!

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The Wizard   in reply to soulight   on

sl or soulight , (my page for single moms)

Debbi, it is not the Internet… unfortunately it is the cruel and sick-minded individual who does it… the same thing may happen on the street as well. The worst part is that in this case it appears he is 15-16 years old twisted kid with a lot of free time.

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The Wizard   in reply to Sands   on

Sands

Hi Sands, I’m glad that it worked out :-). During the installation, in order to receive registration from the server, for both products (Federal Money Retriever and GrantGate) you need to be online. After the successful installation you may use them offline, but I would recommend - at least once a month use them online. Both products are updated automatically over the Internet and they are checking for new updates on the first start every day. So, if you start them at least once a month while you are online, you will be up to date. GrantGate’s database is rather large and only partially on your computer. All the IRS reports are on the server. As I mentioned you may use GG offline, but if you would like to see a particular IRS report you have to be online. And one final suggestion – use both products in conjunction with aidPage. Both products provide easy way to search and manage lists. However, the data on aidPage is updated more frequently. FMR contain all of the government programs and they are updated twice a year, as they are changed by the congress. The actual grants and loans for these programs are updated daily on aidPage (see the first link below). The same thing is true about the IRS reports in GG. Once you identify the list of organization that are of interest for you, I would recommend to find them on aidPage (see the second link below) and to check for latest IRS reports – you may find a newer one online. Good luck!
US Federal Government Grant Opportunities
Foundation Grants, Charity...

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The Wizard   in reply to central jersey guy   on

earthrick

To all aidmates: Please, DO NOT POST YOUR EMAIL addresses! Keep your privacy. Communicate via private or public AIDPAGE MESSAGES - it is easy, convenient and above all it is SAFE.

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