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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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