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Red Cross 419 Scam Exploits Typhoon Haiyan

2014-08-15 09:18

There are a number of emails currently in circulation attempting to cash in on the generosity of individuals and organisations wanting to assist the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts. Another one just landed in our spamtraps, and reads as follows:

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Donate-to-victims-of-super-typhoon Emergency Relief

Dear Sir/Madam

Donate Now To Emergency Relief in the Philippines
No amount is too small to assist the Philippines, the American Red Cross to help those affected by the typhoon.Meanwhile,the government downplayed initial reports that 10,000 had died in the storm. President Benigno Aquino said local officials overstated the loss of life,saying it was closer to 2,000 or 2,500 than the 10,000 previously estimated.when there’s life there’s hope,Thanks for you understanding and co-operation and God will bless you and you shall not be found in a situation like this,for those who have support already and for those who have not participated and also for those who is willing to support but they don’t have God will provide for them.Please we needs your financial support. Hope to hear from you soon at via

Email: E(dot)redcross(at)yahoo.com

American Red Cross Emergency

If the poor spelling and generally dreadful formatting of the mail doesn’t give the game away, hopefully the free Yahoo email address will help to tip the balance. This is absolutely a scam, and one that should be directed to the recycle bin / spam folder with all due haste.

Elsewhere, Trend Micro are seeing missives related to fake Navy donations and Symantec are dealing with one “Andrew Stevens” who is asking for donations via Western Union.

You can be sure more of these will emerge in the coming weeks, so please be cautious and don’t reply to any email sent out of the blue. No matter how convincing the mail appears to be, there’s a very good chance your money is going to end up with someone other than who you intended it for.

Christopher Boyd

The post Red Cross 419 Scam Exploits Typhoon Haiyan appeared first on ThreatTrack Security Labs Blog.

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