Scammers haven’t wasted any time in trying to cash in on the devastating tsunami that hit Japan last Friday. Hoax emails are being sent out using the name of the British Red Cross in attempt to trick people into donating money to charity. The FBI says the fake emails pretend to come from the British Red Cross, using the subject line "Japan Tsunami Appeal | British Red Cross" and what appears to be a legitimate email address from the organization.
The Japan Tsunami charity scam email gives details of the overwhelming effects of the disaster to try to tug at the reader’s heart strings. It asks recipients to send money to help the tsunami victims via MoneyBookers to a suspicious personal Yahoo! email address. If the email recipient sends money to this address, their donation will simply go to the scammer’s pocket instead of helping those affected by the recent Japan disasters. Read the FBI’s warning signs of the Japan disaster scam at CNN.com.
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