The Visit-my-website-and-send-me-money trend & cyber begging

Free cash anyone?!

This article was originally published in Fall 2002 but revised in June 2003 and May 2004.

When I first heard about the “” website, I thought ‘Wow! I gotta do a story on this… people are just giving away their cash!’ I then realized that I would be giving these people more publicity than I cared to and reminded myself that I don’t like to spotlight dumb people.

After thinking it over during the past little while and seeing so many of these sites popping up, I decided to write about them. Here’s the latest info on the newest trend in websites and, I suppose, philanthropy: Cyber begging.


How Cyber Begging Works

It goes something like this: Someone makes a website saying that they are in need of financial assistance and explain why. They subsequently provide an address and people send them various amounts of money.

From what I can tell, they seem to be getting other items as well. For example, Karyn received an eraser to erase her debt.

Karyn was the first to get ‘famous’ by putting together a fairly detailed website. She explains how she got into debt (she tends to overspend and use her credit cards like crazy) and visitors to her website can help her get out of her $20,000 debt (donate and she’ll thank you on one of her pages).

She also provides regular updates regarding her financial situation. She has appeared on TV (the Today Show among others) and apparently been offered book and movie deals. Unreal, I swear!

…Karyn received an eraser to erase her debt…

Who is Responsible?

Actually, the real question is, who is IRresponsible? And the answer is: most of THESE people! I mean, why should other hard working people who have a heart and pay for these poor saps who don’t know how to manage their cash flow? I am willing to bet they are more irresponsible than the average person and tend to be self-centered. On the other hand, I applaud their guts for doing this!save-me-sites

But these people probably aren’t such ‘nice’ people, given that although many requested to be listed on this page, many couldn’t be bothered to thank me on their website or put a link to this page, even though they informed me that they were receiving visitors that I had sent them.

Moreover, they are expecting something for nothing and many don’t even bother to keep their websites updated which is insulting. The website goes up, they plan to announce weekly contributions and do so for a while but when money only trickles in, they stop. Well, it’s no wonder many of these sites aren’t getting any financial aid.

Parodies and Novelties

Like any and all successful trends, especially in a free country, there are bound to be imitators. I must say that people have adapted the idea to their own needs quite creatively.

Michel (Michelle) from received the $4,500 she wanted to get breast implants. Visitors to her website paid for her breast implants because there are enough guys out there who gladly support that kind of thing. In any case, I received an email from her a while back… not too much going on upstairs from what I can tell so maybe she can fake her way through life for a while. Never forget that beauty fades but dumb is forever.

Angela is a graduate student and single mom who needed some financial help (her site is gone). Since Jessica ( was brave enough to provide pictures, I suppose she merits some sort of compensation. Penny wants to get divorced and offered a picture of her on her website that sadomasochists loved! (The site is now gone)

Maggie needs help with her Trigeminal Neuralgia medical bills (Save Maggie – website now gone) which is a noble goal. Maybe if the price of health care in the United States wasn’t so ridiculous, she wouldn’t have to make this kind of site. In any case, at least she appears to have good intentions.

Anyways, the list goes on and I’m sure we’ll be seeing even more of these as word spreads. Just about everyone could use more money so there won’t be a shortage of the sites anytime soon.

In the End…

Sending strangers cash for their supposed problems is kind of hypocritical. Just because they have a website doesn’t mean they are legit. Cyber begging and cyber beggars are sure to continue over the next few years although the fad will likely die off. Perhaps if more people aimed their benevolence at more local causes, the world might be a better place.

Finally, one thing that has impressed me about Karyn is that she got out of debt in November 2002 and has decided to give her extra income to others who she feels are in need.

The send-me-money sites that went bankrupt!

The send-me-money sites range from credit card debt, medical and school bills, saving homes and families, to paying for dates, breast implants, and divorces. Not surprisingly, there are lots of others springing up all the time and believe it or not, the list above is only a partial one! On the other hand, it seems that the majority of these sites come and go quite quickly in most cases because they aren’t making any moolah. Sites that were once listed here as being active but have since quietly disappeared…

Save Karyn Not (a couple raising money for charities)
Save Kristen (the site is not asking for $ anymore)
A mom in desperate need of your help (Rebecca Vasquez)
Send David to College (ditto, and the site has changed) Save Mike and Dave
Save Nicki and Her Daughter
Don’t Save Karyn (a parody of the original)
Help Shannon Make His First Film
Help a couple and their dog
Help Send My Daughter to College
Save Kristin, Deb, another Deb, Debbie, Mike, Dave, BG, and lots of others!!
Save Lisa (
Save Deb
Save a Grad Student
Help Brian with Paramedic School (No relationship to CitynetMagazine)
Rescue a Social Worker
Help a Cancer Victim
Help Raquel with College
For Gina who was murdered
Help Kristin in College
Help Chris Date Hot Women
Help 4 Jen Who Wants a Yurt
Save Dana


  1. Dawn |

    I just wanted to drop a line and let you know that I am now going to bed way too late after thoroughly perusing and enjoying your web site. I found you through a post from an MSN e-newsletter. I subscribe to these e-newsletters and they pile up in my mailbox constantly because I rarely have time to read them. You are quite the character and I know much more about you than perhaps I should. I admire your wit and zest for life. Thanks for sharing!

  2. johnny j |

    Well i didn,t think i would ever be doing this , this this time last year i had my own little building busness , then on the 23 of june i had a bad crash breaking my neck and writing off my truck after whick i feel into depression whick led to me breaking up with my girlfriend so now i,m on my own suffering with clincal depression the wedding is off have nowhere to live and i,m sleeping on my daugthers floor so i would ask if anyone could help me restart my life so i can try and win my girlfriend back and start to live a normal life again at the moment all i want to do is die to be hornest anyway i don,t want to bore you with all my sad life so please help if you can this is a genuine cry for help thanking you

  3. angela rendon |

    how do i start my own begging website

  4. jere |

    My story is on my website I built tonight cause I’m in a bad spot. I have a one year old, and my husband left me. When my parents divorced they quit playing their bills and it all fell on my head cause i was a co user. Please check out my site and donate. God bless you and help me and my daughter get into a better life and so I can go to school!

  5. David Hall |

    Please send me money.God knows I need some so please if you are able send me what your heart tells you to.

  6. Tommie |

    I get disabilty but it’s just not enough i am 48 and i have doctor biills and creidit cards.I t would be very gratefull for some kind of help if you could send some money if possible!!!!!.By the way i do have insurance!! but it does’t take care of all the bills.

  7. Amanda |

    I don’t know what I think about cyberbegging, I will say that this is something that I will be looking into so I can form an opinion myself. Do most of the people spend irresponsibly? No way of knowing I suppose. After my husband was laid off last year, we ended up losing 99% of everything we owned (we= myself, my husband, and our 3 children 11, 10, and 6 at the time). We ended up in 2 shelters over 10 months, and were also on food stamps and medicaid…but that is it. No cash assistance. No begging of any kind. We were helped by a system that we have always paid into. We had & have NO credit cards, as we have always lived within our means. Our credit history is excellent, his work history was perfect before the lay-off, and we are not and have never been involved with drug or alcohol. It was hard enough asking for help at the shelters, and then again with applying for food and medicaid. While living in the shelters, we found out that many of the beggars weren’t even homeless and it caused major friction between the shelter people and the ‘street’ people (meaning, those who went HOME after they got off of the corner). Could some beggars really need help? Perhaps. Now, unlike street begging and cyber begging…a cyber beggar can go look for work all day whereas a street beggar can’t do anything unless they leave their corner. This is why I don’t know how to feel about this. Heck, I may even start a website, but not for my family…for the homeless in my area. Since leaving the shelter, my family has been slowly getting more solid footing (it’s been 5 months!). I now teach and volunteer at one of the shelters, and I also sit on their advisory board (!). I even took the next step…I am now enrolled in our local college to become a social worker so I can help more people! Anyway, I want to share MY story to show that it isn’t always people that spend recklessly that end up on hard times. Sorry for rambling…Oh, and the one thing I cannot understand is why, WHY, people are commenting asking for money from YOU!? LOL! Thanks for the article!


    I would like to do an At-Home-Bussiness. I know I can do it. I just need financial backing. Have have 3 routes I can go. I am on a fixed income. I just want to work. There are things I want to do that a fixed income want allow me to do. I would love to have my own home based bussiness, or I would love for someone to gi…ve me a part-time job. If you could help, it would be greatly apprciated. Thank You.

  9. Allley Katt |

    The guy who broke his neck aught to just go ahead and die if that’s what he really wants. I mean boo uck hoo who really cares. Grow a set buddy, pick yourself back up and create a new life. Who the heck do you think is responsible for your condition you namby pamby crybaby. Take responsibility for yourself!!

  10. Donald Duckk |

    I am guessing Allley Katt is the ex girlfriend of the dude who broke his neck? lol

    Idk. Can’t blame people for trying this if it works. I am curious as to how much money normal people bring in? I read these hard luck stories and most of them disgust me and it’s like boo hoo. Deal with it and go on. Then I think about my story and where I am and figure that’s what most would say to me. And I know my life and the situation I am in and it’s not as easy as people spouting advice make it seem. People are having a tough time.

    Think I will go set me up a begging site. Maybe somebody will feel sorry for me and throw a few bucks my way. lol

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