Evil spammers are preying on people seeking to help victims of the New York terrorist attacks.
The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE) warned today that online con artists were spamming millions of addresses claiming to act as collection points for charities typically named as the 'Express Relief Fund' or 'Victims' Survivor Fund'.
In a statement CAUCE said that it was unlikely that any money sent to these organisations would end up helping any disaster victims and would only line the pockets of crooks. Some people were even being pressured over the phone to make telephone donations using their credit cards.
"No real relief agency would use this sort of approach," a CAUCE spokesman said. "People making these sorts of requests for money are breaking laws in Europe and the US."
Another agency, Internet Scambusters, said that many con artists had set up legitimate looking websites for donations. It suggested that money be routed only through legitimate organisations like redcross.org, Unitedway.org and Helping.org, and that other requests for money should be ignored.
In addition to criminals soliciting funds, CAUCE noted that there has been an surge in the number of bad taste advertisements from insurance salespeople hoping to make extra cash on the back of people's fears of terrorism.
"Worried about terrorism and how it might affect your family if one of you was a victim?" was one such piece of American insurance spam sent across the world, the CAUCE spokesman said.
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