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story from the bbc warning of fraudsters cashing in on the asian tidal wave problems .also inflicting virus`s on genuine unsuspecting people
please be aware if you are donating .

will there plight never end .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Public warned of fake aid appeals
People donating to the UK's tsunami relief fund have been urged by police to remain vigilant to bogus collectors trying to cash in on the disaster.
They say fraudsters are trying to gather financial information by sending the public e-mails asking for money.

Some people are also spreading computer viruses via false websites purporting to be linked to aid organisations.

The National Criminal Intelligence Service said people should not be put off donating, but should be vigilant.

More than 150,000 people have been killed by the Boxing Day tsunami in Asia, with the UN warning the death toll may well soar, as the fate of many thousands is still unknown.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Friday that about 440 Britons were either dead or missing in the disaster.

Press reports on Saturday suggested the final toll of Britons could be closer to 2,000.

'Exercise vigilance'

The scam warning comes after the Charities Commission issued a warning about bogus charity collectors.

Many of the e-mail scams identified by the NCIS are believed to follow the same pattern as the so-called 419 scams, many of which originate in Nigeria.

Some of the e-mails offer to locate loved ones and ask for money to be deposited in overseas banks.

An NCIS spokesman said: "We do not in any way wish to dissuade members of the public from donating money to the registered charity tsunami appeals.

"But we urge them to exercise vigilance in order to prevent and disrupt these and other possible criminal scams."

The Disasters Emergency Committee, which has received more than £100m in donations from the British public, said any faxes or e-mails purporting to be from the umbrella group were hoaxes.

The NCIS is warning:

Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails

Do not respond to text messages on mobile telephones from unknown sources

Be sceptical of individuals claiming to be surviving victims or foreign government officials asking you to place large sums of money in overseas bank accounts

Ensure that contributions to non-profit organisations are used for intended purposes

Contribute only to known charities and recognised outlets collecting on behalf of these charities

Go directly to the websites of recognised charities and aid organisations rather than following a link to another site

Try to verify the legitimacy of non-profit organisations (use internet-based resources to help confirm the existence of the organisation and its non-profit status)

Genuine charities are all registered with the Charity Commission. For a full list visit the Charity Commission website:

Be wary of emails that claim to show pictures of disaster areas in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders
If any suspicious activity is reported to you, forward the details to the NCIS at the following email address: [email protected]

Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2005/01/08 07:18:20 GMT


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The thing that gets me is how there seems to be a sandals or royal carribean advert, in every set of adverts at the moment. I'm sure this will be a good year for them since their eastern rivals are temporarily out of buisness!
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