Giro 555 admits double-debiting error

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13 January 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Indian Ocean tsunami relief fund in the Netherlands, Giro 555, has admitted that donations were accidentally debited twice from 64,000 donors.

13 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Indian Ocean tsunami relief fund in the Netherlands, Giro 555, has admitted that donations were accidentally debited twice from 64,000 donors.

The umbrella group for charities that administers the fund, SHO, said on Wednesday night that it has reduced the total amount raised for its public appeal from EUR 124.6 million to EUR 122.1 million.

Up until Tuesday, some 210,000 Dutch people had donated money via the giro555.nl fund. But money was taken twice by electronic debit from about 64,000 donors.

Many other people donated money during a telethon broadcast on three stations last week. There are also several more initiatives helping to raise money to pay for the relief operation in the 12 countries hit by the massive tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

SHO blamed the double-debiting problem on human error. Acting chairperson Jeanne Roefs told newspaper De Telegraaf that a list of people who agreed to donate via giro555.nl was accidentally sent to the banks for processing twice.

Roefs said the EUR 2.5 million taken erroneously from donators' accounts would be repaid on Thursday. The individuals and companies on the list will also receive an apology by email.

Earlier on Wednesday, SHO announced the Dutch public and business sector had donated in total EUR 124.6 million to the relief fund.

The total includes the money raised by the radio and television appeal last week, but excludes the extra EUR 5 million promised by Overseas Development Minister Agnes van Ardenne on Tuesday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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