Is Osama stealing milk from elephant babies?

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, October 2002:

NAIROBI, Kenya–Checks sent directly to the David Sheldrick
Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage in Nairobi National Park, Kenya,
have recently been diverted, prompting founder Daphne Sheldrick to
remind donors to route their support via the trust office at 158
Newbattle Abbey Crescent, Eskbank, Midlothian EH22 3LR, Scotland,
U.K.
“On July 8 of this year,” one donor told ANIMAL PEOPLE, “I
wrote a check for $50 to the Sheldrick Trust, which I proceeded to
send to the Nairobi address. My bank returned the check to me
altered to list the amount as $4,000, credited to the Arab Bank in
Deira, Dubai. Unfortunately I had enough in my checking account to
honor the amount, but the bank is repairing the damage and I won’t
be charged for it.”


Commented Daphne Sheldrick, “This is happening all too often
now, and is exceedingly worrying to us. We have reported it to the
local authorities on numerous occasions,” after being alerted by
defrauded donors, “and have even reported it to the U.S. Embassy,
because there are those who suspect the hands of Osama bin Laden and
al Qaida. There has been a huge outcry about it in the local press,
as well, but the scam continues, impacting negatively on our donor
base.
“We can only hope that the fraud squads can bring the
perpetrators to book,” Sheldrick added. “With no less than 30
little elephants here, still dependent on both milk and their
keepers, we need all the help we can muster, and are deeply
grateful for it.”
The 2002 ANIMAL PEOPLE Watchdog Report on 101 Animal
Protection Charities listed the Nairobi address because the Sheldrick
Trust had ceased raising funds via the British group Care For The
Wild, and we did not yet have the Scottish address.

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