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Thursday 6 January 2005

F.B.I. Warns of Internet Frauds That Capitalize on Tsunami

The F.B.I. issued a warning on Wednesday about online frauds that try to capitalize on the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster.
The schemes, which have been reported to the bureau's Internet Crime Complaint Center over the past week, have included unsolicited e-mail messages seeking money and a phony tsunami relief Web site capable of depositing a virus on the computers of people who visit it.

In other instances, families who have posted messages and e-mail addresses on the Web as part of their search for missing relatives have been contacted by rogue brokers offering to help them - for a fee.

Source: The New York Times


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Anonymous Anonymous said :

Just as revolting as those hawks who are seeking to defraud tsunami victims of relief money, are some corporate houses. In Mumbai within 48 hours of the tsunami disaster, ORANGE the cell phone company, was sending out messages that said "forward this message to five people and for every sms you send we will donate 5 paise to tsunami relief." Which essentially meant that an Orange user had to spend five rupees on Orange so that .25 paise could go to relief. Essentially orange was just raking in profit out of disaster and unthinking individuals were falling for this ridiculous gimmick.
Wish someone would critique this in the media so that companies like Orange could be shamed into actually donating some real funds for real relief...instead capitalizing on the situation

Thu Jan 06, 04:58:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

Yeah...hawks is the right word to describe the scam artists both private and corporate!

Thu Jan 06, 08:23:00 PM IST  
Anonymous Anonymous said :

as usual the scum of the earth go for the fast buck. please all stick to the registered charities.

Fri Jan 07, 04:51:00 AM IST