Is It Illegal to Ask People for Money?

Discussion in 'Asking Millionaires for Help' started by Simrin, Sep 1, 2013.

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  1. Simrin

    Simrin Newbie

    OK, I've got a close relation who's experiencing hardship at the moment, he's lost his job and doesn't really have any savings or money, he doesn't have any close family either. I was thinking of giving him the idea of asking people for money online. The first thing I have to know is whether or not this is legal? Also what are the best places to ask for money? He's going to run out of money really soon and I've got a feeling he's going to ask me for money. Is there anyone who can help him online? Just to reiterate this thread contains two questions,

    1. It is illegal to ask people for money?
    2. What are the best places to ask for money online?

    My friend is quite shy so he'll feel more comfortable asking online than asking people face to face.

    Thanks in advance

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  2. Alistair

    Alistair Newbie

    If you've got a genuine hardship like the ones listed below

    1. Homelessness
    2. Medical Bills
    3. Poverty
    4. Help with bills
    5. Crisis
    6. Disaster

    Then I don't think it's illegal asking for money, as long as your need is genuine then I suppose you can ask. If you are going to ask people online just make sure you don't sent any unsolicited emails to people who don't want to help. I suppose the first option is to check if you're eligible for public assistance. You say he's lost his job, was it through any fault of his own? if it wasn't he can apply for unemployment benefits, he might also be eligible for rental assistance and food stamps. He really needs to go and check if he's eligible for welfare assistance. This video might help. Good luck, I really feel for your friend.

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  3. Miles

    Miles Newbie

    I agree with Alistair, as long as the need is genuine there is nothing to worry about. I think that one important point to note is that you must be completely honest, don't hide anything and always give a true account of your circumstances, don't be embarrassed to ask for help.

    You could try creating a profile for your friends on begging sites and ask people to donate, if you've got friends and family then you could ask them to share the page on their social media sites, the more people that can be reached the more you can make for your friend. Here are some begging sites for you to consider, cyberbeg and
    Good Luck.
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  4. Raymond

    Raymond Newbie

    Yep, I tend to agree with the posts so far, as long as everything is legit there is no need to worry, bend the truth and you'll probably get told to sling your hook. Honesty is the best policy. Have you tried asking your local community for help, what about churches and charities? I realize that your friend might not be comfortable asking for help face to face but if he's facing difficulties he might not have any choice. Sorry for the harshness but it's true.
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  5. XenMoney

    XenMoney Newbie

    Have you tried asking millionaires for help? You could also try asking celebrities for help, I suppose the list is endless. You could try billionaires, celebrities, philanthropists and many others. I've read a lot of articles online which advises people experiencing hardship to contact the charitable foundations of these rich wealthy millionaires/billionaires. It might take a while to get a response but it's worth it especially if you don't have anywhere to turn to. They can help you with homelessness, crisis, medical bills, financial despair and many other problems. The best way would be to get a handful of millionaires and then send them a hardship letter asking them for help and assistance. You could try Forbes, Business Week, The Giving Pledge to find rich people who give money away.
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  6. hamza

    hamza Newbie

    There's lots of people who are asking for money online, some are con artists so you really need to prove that your friend has a legitimate need. I would say that it's fine as long as he doesn't bend the truth. Great idea by XenMoney. Your friend could ask celebrities for money, I've heard that chat show hosts like Oprah and Ellen give away free money to their fans. Both of these celebrities are contactable through their websites. If you don't believe me here's the proof!

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  7. Juan

    Juan Newbie

    Nice video, Ellen is so cool! Giving away free houses and cars is incredible. I also think that it's fine to ask people for money online. Most of the people who give money will want proof.
    One idea that I had was to create a Just Giving page for your friend and let everyone know of his hardship, I'm not entirely sure if it's allowed however it's worth a try. You write in detail about his hardship and then use Facebook and Twitter to share the hardship message with everyone. If the page was to somehow go viral you're friend could make a lot of money. I seriously feel for your friend and hope he gets back on his feet.
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  8. Shobir

    Shobir Administrator Staff Member

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    I'm sure that it's legal asking people for money online, I agree with the others, if it's a legitimate need then people will help. Be careful not to ask people for help if they have stated on their site that they don't accept unsolicited emails as this could be illegal. Most of the sites that are will to help encourage you to contact them. So far to summarize the suggestions are as follows

    1. Ask the Government for help
    2. Ask Millionaires for help
    3. Ask Celebrities for help
    4. Begging Sites
    5. Just Giving Sites
    6. Ask on Facebook for help
    7. Ask of Twitter for help
    8. Ask Ellen for Money
    9. Ask Oprah for money

    My suggestion is to see if you can make son money online, or sell something online. If you're really strapped for money you could try some freelance sites to make money, you could write articles online or even take the time to create a blog to make money. Good Luck
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  9. Mike Baggaley

    Mike Baggaley Newbie

    I don't think it's illegal to solicit money over the internet. You're friend is experiencing hardship and is asking for help, I don't see anything wrong with that unless he is lying or bending the truth. Some of the suggestions here are excellent! If you're really struggling with your finances then you should go to the government for help, I know it's been suggested already however I wanted to post some useful information here so you could get your friend started.

    The link below will take you to the USA.Gov website, the page is titled help for difficult times, it has all the information you need on unemployment, jobs, training, family support, housing, healthcare and insurance, debt and credit. You must must ask your friend to read this or you could read it yourself and then explain all the assistance he could be eligible for. I really really hope this helps.

    USA Help for Difficult Times
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  10. Miles

    Miles Newbie

    It is not illegal to ask for monetary donations online, you could ask rich people for money, I know it's been mentioned above however I wanted to post some links to charitable foundations run by millionaires who can really help. The Jon Bon Jovi Foundation could help you with homelessness and financial despair, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation could help you with crisis and poverty. Here are the links and best of luck.

    Jon Bon Jovi Foundation

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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  11. Bizzy_Lizzy

    Bizzy_Lizzy Newbie

    I don't think it's illegal, before you contact a rich person check on their contact page if they accept respond to unsolicited emails or letters, if they don't it's worth asking them for money, if they don't accept any letters asking for financial assistance then it's not worth bothering.
  12. David

    David Newbie

    I don't think it is illegal either. You just need to take your time and send a sincere email- keep in mind they probably get lots of requests for help and lots of spam so you'll need to try and stand out. If anyone needs help editing a letter, feel free to post it here and perhaps the community can help critique and edit it?
  13. J
  14. Here's a letter I need help with fir financial need and wonder who I could contact

    Let me start by expressing how much of a fan I am of your show and all your philanthropic work that you have done in the past and will do in the future. I am writing this letter to ask for financial assistance. I am currently studying Rehabilitative Sciences majoring in Gerontology (because I want to make sure our elderly are taken care of) at college and have completed all but one semester and owe approximately $2000 in order to pay off my tuition in order to get back in. I had to take a leave of absence due to medical reasons and I lost my job last year due to transportation issues. My husband is the only one currently who has a full time job. Our eldest child who is 24 has made some bad decisions in life and had two children ages 5 and 1 who also live with us along with our two sons ages 17 and 15. She moved in with us approximately 2 years ago because she fell on hard times and during that time she became pregnant again and recently gave that son up for adoption in February of this year. It broke our hearts but she couldn't afford to keep him and we wanted for him to have a better future. If you could find it in your heart to allow us to get her into get own place and assist me with furthering my education. Our daughter got into trouble when she was 18 and had a misdemeanor on her record which kept her from finding employment but just lady Monday she was able to secure a job at a telemarketing place in town. I've been looking for a job for a year without any luck. I have been a stay at home m for the majority of my children's lives and I want to be able to continue my education working with the elderly population. It seems like everytime we seem to get ahead something else pops up and we take ten steps. Any donation would be appreciated and I would keep in touch to let you know how I am progressing. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter and I hope to hear from you in the near future. Sincerely, the Wilson's
  15. Shobir

    Shobir Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi Diana

    You could contact all the philanthropists on the Giving Pledge. As long as the need is genuine there is a goof chance you'll receive some sort of financial assistance. I have linked the site below

    The Giving Pledge
  16. Winton Hesa

    Winton Hesa Newbie

    Asking for Help is not illegal.. in other words if you are in Car crash is it illegal for you to say Help me?
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