FBI warns of Internet scams after tsunami
Fri Jan 7, 1:36 AM ET
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned of Internet scams claiming to raise funds or help locate survivors of Asian tsunamis.
"The FBI (news - web sites), through the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), has received reports of websites being established purportedly to assist with collection and relief efforts," the FBI said in a statement.
Schemes identified involved spamming, responding to posted e-mail addresses, offering to help locate missing victims of the disaster for a fee, and a fraudulent relief donation website.
"The FBI, in conjunction with domestic and international law enforcement and industry partners, take seriously these egregious actions and are resolved to aggressively pursue those who would attempt to victimize philanthropic individuals," the body said.
It warns people to take care with solicitations from those claiming to be tsunami survivors, and not to open photos of the catastrophe with attachments that may contain a virus.
The FBI's website on the problem is at www.ic3.gov.
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