The lack of the unemployment extension for the 99er’s has been a hot issue these last few weeks. The 99er’s were not included in the newest round of unemployment extensions and they are feeling forgotten, and rightfully so. The 99er’s have many friends, family, and just outside supporters that keep up with their plight. Someone somewhere has figured this out, and has called themselves a 99er in crisis and they have been soliciting donations on some of the Hartford Connecticut Unemployment articles, and probably many articles from around the nation.
The 99er’s don’t have much to cling to, so they cling to each other for support. When a new article is published, many 99er’s will read it for news of anything that they can use to help in their struggle and anything that may be a glimmer of hope for the future. Some devious people have realized this and may have decided to call themselves 99er’s. They are most likely doing this for their own cause, which is trying to get money from sympathetic readers. This has been seen in comments popping up on some of the Hartford Connecticut Unemployment articles asking for help from someone who is a supposedly a 99er and is set up with a paypal icon for donations.
Who ever this is, or who ever they are, starts out by giving a short story of their crisis and then asks that you visit their page, which is all set up with a paypal icon, so you can help them personally. With a credit card you can “donate” some money for this person, who is in dire need. This is not an organization looking for legitimate donations, this is an individual claiming that they are a 99er looking for help. This is the perfect time of year for “helping someone in need,” it is just that chances are these people are not in need, they are doing this in greed.
It is most likely not a coincidence that it is Hartford Connecticut articles that have been targeted with these solicitations. Connecticut is known as one of the more wealthier states in the country. This is just sad that someone would take advantage of what the 99er’s are going through for their own gain.
The comments have been deleted, and will continue to be, but this is just unconscionable that anyone would try and solicit money along side a group of people who have no income and pretend to be one of the 99er’s having a tough time and losing everything.
The comments look like one of the many other 99er’s that write in and share what they are personally up against without unemployment benefits. These comments are humble and do pull at a heart string, it is also not apparent at first that this could be some type of scam. There is no over kill about asking for help, they just say “if you want to help I am set up with paypal on my page.”
One thing that is apparent from the majority of the real comments that appear from the 99er’s on the articles, is that there is a group of very caring people out their who are the real 99ers as well as their supporters. This may be why this group is targeted.
Reference: Comments Hartford Examiner articles