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Spammers targetting disaster fund raising

Posted by jtsmyth8 on June 23, 2008

Spammers are taking advantage of current world problems to try to exploit computer users, said Symantec Corp, an Internet security solutions vendor.

It said donation scams via e-mail are on the rise and are being tied to recent natural disasters, such as the China earthquake and Myanmar cyclone, and the increasing petrol price hikes.

One earthquake donation scam requested donations for the China victims, where the scammer used a legitimate website and inserted a fraudulent page under the root domain.

When the user clicked on the URL in the spam e-mail message, he was directed to the fraudulent site and asked to make a donation, Symantec said in a press release.

“Spammers are aiming to capitalise on the harsh economic situation and prey on those in our society facing financial pressures,” said C.M. Woon, general manager for Malaysia at Symantec. (story)

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One Response to “Spammers targetting disaster fund raising”

  1. jackslade said

    WHAT A SHAME! They should be punished, because those of us that are actually getting aid into Burma are having a hard enough time with out this added complication. http://www.storminternationalcorp.com is networking with as many relief/ aid groups, charities, and private individuals as possible to get aid into Burma. You can check us out from top to bottom and see that we are doing exactly what we say we are. I hope these scammers do not put too much of a dent in the amount of funds and aid going to Burma. Keep hope alive. God Bless.

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