Online begging is on the increase, with at least 200 sites on the internet asking for money.
According to the New York Times the number of sites designed by hard-up people hoping for handouts from benevolent websurfers has risen drastically.
Reasons for e-begging include the need for a down payment on a house, repayment of credit cards bills and a desire for breast enlargement.
According to the paper, sites are often drawing traffic through networking, with one cyber-panhandler referring potential donors to others.
The category has grown to such proportions that it has now been indexed. The CyberBeg.com directory links to more than 200 e-begging sites, and similar, smaller lists are offered by Yahoo and Google.
Experts believe such sites are succesful because givers like to think they are making a concrete change to someone's life.
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