Albany, NY, Jan 15, 2010 — An online registry to gather names of New Yorkers missing on Haiti will go live today at noon. It's intended to help in what's expected to be the long and difficult process of finding people missing in the aftermath of the earthquake.
A website and toll free number will offer ways to register names of people who haven't been accounted for, and collect contact information. Gov. David Paterson says the information won't be used or shared for any reason but locating and identifying family and friends. The hotline number is 1-888-769-7243. Find the link to the registry below.
The state Consumer Protection Board is warning people eager to help earthquake victims to beware of scams. The agency says scammers may try to gain access to credit card information and bank accounts to commit identity theft, and unscrupulous charities may seek donations but send little -- if any -- to earthquake victims. Information is available online. These links below, too.