Scam? SilverAlms Crowdfunding Site Blatantly Copies Campaigns

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Possible Scam Crowdfunding Site Created to Dupe Unwitting Donors.

SilverAlms I need HelpSilverAlms a donation crowdfunding site claims to be the “Worlds First Charity Crowdfunding Portal”.  But is it really?  The site appears to be a clone of crowdfunding campaigns from other platforms such as Indiegogo and GoFundMe – created to take advantage of the unwitting.   The site states on the home page:  “I need help.  Share your agony with us.  We will help you.”  The only thing this site will probably assist you with is by separating hard earned money from your wallet.

The alleged scam crowdfunding site was brought to the attention of Crowdfund Insider by Barry James Barry James Head Shotand his team at TheCrowdfundingCentre who uncovered the possible fraud.  James stated in a comment about SilverAlms;

“We are very concerned about new site Silveralms.com which appeared only recently claiming to be a donataions Crowdfunding site. On further inspection the projects they have submitted seem to be clones of those on other major platforms. Silveralms have failed to respond to queries via either the email address they’ve registered with us or their on-site mail form. These were red flags.

We now see that they are accepting funding for their clone of the prominent One Direction / Doncaster Rovers “#FansUnited” Tomlinson/Ryan Trust fund after the official fund closed. Now that Crowdfunder.co.uk have confirmed that SilverAlms have no known connection to the campaign some pretty clear alarm bells are ringing.

We all need to be vigilant and given all this we’d advise any contributor to check and be sure they are entirely satisfied before making any contributions via Silveralms as we can’t be sure that the funds will reach their intended destination as things stand.”

Indiegogo and SilverAlms Duplicate Campaigns

Related:  SilverAlms Responds to Questions Regarding Crowdfunding Site.

Beyond the #FansUnited crowdfunding campaign mentioned by Barry, the “featured” campaign on SilverAlms is to “Help Steve Creech, Author and Game Designer” raise $35,000.  With 39 days left to go the campaign on SilverAlms apparently is not having much success.  A quick look at the campaign on Indiegogo shows a bit more progress.  The Creech Indiegogo campaign has raised over $3400 with 52 days left.

Interestingly though – there is a post in the comments of the Creech campaign that calls SilverAlms a “legitimate platform”.

Another campaign replicates an effort on GoFundMe to raise funds for the Johnson family who lost their home in a fire.  I wonder if the Johnson family is aware they have allegedly raised an additional $4500 on Silver Alms?

David BlunkettThere are two “testimonials” posted on the site.  One of them states:

NICE SERVICE

Happy to know that SilverAlms is now going online. They have been doing wonderful service to the society throughout the years and we wish them all success with the online crowd-funding service

The quote above is associated with the image of David Blunket.  A Member of Parliament and former Home Secretary in the UK from the British Labour Party.  Do you believe he willingly lent his name to such a cause?

Danger WarningSilverAlms, a site that claims to be operating for “years”, was only a recently launched.  A quick search on WhoIs shows the site apparently originated in India from the province of Kerala.  The crowdfunding platform is hosted on DigitalOcean in New York.

The attempt at a crowdfunding platform claims to be, “Motivated by the principles of compassion & fraternity, SilverAlms aim to provide people around the world with most required help at the best required time.”

The one obviously accurate statement on the site declares:

“Your wallets are our treasury; Your kindness, our strength”

Be careful.

 

  • Ajith Menon

    Calling somebody scam is a new business on the internet. We found that one of our sites was allegedly called scam by a site named scam.com. When asked an explanation on this we received a mail from the particular website asking us to pay them $150 to delete post. They even promised us that if we pay them the amount they will even play with google results in favor of us.
    Online businesses are taking new forms and making money in ways we dont even imagine!!

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  • SilverAlms

    JD Alois,
    SilverAlms is a real crowdfunding platform created by a group of charity enthusiasts from Kerala, India. Silveralms doesn’t dupe any projects created on other platforms, also we do not restrict campaign owners duping their own campaigns on our platform too. It doesn’t mean a scam. We want you to remove the article which defames silveralms, such a great service to people.

  • silveralms

    silveralms is not a scam, it is a real charity crowdfunding platform. the help Steve Creech campaign was created on silveralms by Steve himself. It is the campaign owners right to create the same campaigns on multiple platforms as they wish. As all other platforms, silveralms uses limited verification methods on activities on the site like genuineness of the campaigns, images used by the users etc… Being an international platform, it is not possible too.

    But it doesn’t mean silveralms is a scam. It is a great platform for charity crowdfunding and a great help for people around the world

    • HolbrookMedia

      SilverAlms, replying under two different usernames does not in any way make your organization look more legitimate or less scam-like. #protip

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