For Immediate Release
TSUNAMI DISASTER RELIEF FRAUD ALERT
The FBI, in conjunction with domestic with international law enforcement and industry partners, take seriously these egregious actions and are resolved to aggressively pursuing those who would attempt to victimize philanthropic individuals.
The IC3 is cautioning citizens against participating in this type of on-line correspondence. Consistent with previous guidance on incidents of Phishing/Spoofing and Identity Theft, when considering on-line options for providing funding to this relief effort consumers should consider the following:
· Do not respond to any unsolicited (SPAM) incoming emails.
· Be skeptical of individuals claiming to be surviving victims or foreign government officials asking for help in placing large sums of money in overseas bank accounts.
To ensure that contributions to
· Attempt to verify the legitimacy of non-profit organizations by utilizing various Internet based resources which may assist in confirming the existence of the organization as well as its non-profit status.
· Be leery of emails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from know senders.
Several variations of this scam are currently in circulation. Anyone who has received an email referencing the above information or anyone who may have been a victim of this or a similar incident should notify the IC3 via the website, www.ic3.gov
The National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS) has received reports of criminals seeking to obtain money by claiming to be collecting on behalf of organisations responsible for relief of those affected by the Tsunami disaster.
The following scams have been identified:
1. Unsolicited incoming emails (SPAM) that offer, for a fee, to locate loved ones who may have been a disaster victim.
2. Unsolicited emails requesting that money be deposited in overseas banks to support the tsunami relief effort.
3. Unsolicited emails which seek personal or financial information in an effort to retrieve large amounts of inheritance funds tied up in relation to the tsunami disaster.
Other criminals have used the disaster as a front for spreading computer viruses. False websites have been established which appear to be managed by legitimate relief organizations asking for donations. One of these contains an embedded object that can infect computers with a virus if accessed.
NCIS encourages the public to exercise vigilance in order to prevent and disrupt these and other possible criminal scams. In particular:
1. Do not respond to any unsolicited (SPAM) incoming emails.
2. Do not respond to text messages on mobile telephones from unknown sources.
3. 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.
4. Ensure that contributions to non-profit organizations are used for intended purposes. Contribute only to known charities and recognised outlets collecting on behalf of these charities.
5. Go directly to recognized charities and aid organizations websites rather than following a link to another site.
6. Try to verify the legitimacy of non-profit organizations (e.g., use Internet-based resources to help confirm the existence of the organization and its non-profit status).
7. 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 NCIS at the following email address: email@example.com.
By M M · January 03, 2005 08:01 PM
Vulture alert: My first tsunami relief spam arrived in the e-mailbox today. It was inevitable...
From: "Marco Nullamento" firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Monday, January 03, 2005 8:56 AM
Subject: Earthquake and Tsunamis in
My name is Marco Nula; I am a victim of
the recent Earthquake followed by the Tsunami that wrecked our whole society
My Late Father Mr. Alfredo Nula is from Paramaribo in Suriname (South America) and my Mother from Banda of Aceh Province in Indonesia, they got married in Suriname because Indonesia like Suriname was a colony of The Netherlands, but they moved to settle in Indonesia when my Sister and I were born and because Indonesia has better economy than Suriname, but my Sister and I was away in School in the Capital Jakarta when this sorrowful incidence happened to my late parents and all other Families affected by the Quake and the Tsunamis all around Sumatra and Aceh Province.
My Father and Mother owned a tourist resort and grocery store at
No 71 Panglima Polim
Street, Banda Aceh in
We have recovered the corpses of my Late Parents, although private, international and government aid is coming in, it will not be any where enough to settle our problems, please I am hereby soliciting for your assistance at clearing my Late father's money Euros 3.2Million in The Netherlands, I have asked the Lawyer to provide me with all documents, I shall have send them to you when you show sincere intentions to help me and my Sister, if you are business oriented with experience in Holiday, Hotel and Resort business or have some idea on how to run a groceries shop, I am willing to recommit the money for the full benefit of all (My Sister you and I) apart from that I shall be willing to give a negotiable percentage of the money to you otherwise or alternatively, please contact me on my email address as the telephone system is not functioning at the moment.
Thank you, I hope you understand our predicament and come to our assistance.