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Online scams emerge in tsunami's wake


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 06 January 2005 - 04:07 AM

Online scams emerge in tsunami's wake. Scam artists are posing as tsunami victims on the Internet in a bid to divert some of the millions of dollars flowing to relief efforts, security experts warned on Wednesday.Published: January 5, 2005, 4:15 PM PST By Reuters Crudely written appeals for help have begun to appear in e-mail inboxes, asking for donations through a Web site or an offshore bank account, the analysts said. "It's only a matter of time before...we have fully fledged Web sites that spoof well-known charities, for example," said Paul Wood, chief information security analyst at MessageLabs, an Internet security company. Aid organizations have collected millions of dollars through the Internet since a tsunami claimed an estimated 150,000 lives from Indonesia to Africa on Dec. 26. Online retailer Amazon.com alone has collected 14.4 million USD for the American Red Cross through its Web site.... The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it has received no complaints about tsunami relief scams so far. The agency urged donors to contact legitimate aid organizations and disregard all phone and e-mail solicitations.
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