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Tsunami Disaster Relief Fraud Alert

1/11/2005

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
 
Posted at the request of the FBI
 
Washington, D.C. - The FBI today is alerting the public to a variety of scams currently being facilitated online involving the solicitation of additional relief funds for the victims of the recent Tsunami disaster. El FBI, a través del Centro de Quejas de Delitos en Internet (IC3), ha recibido informes de sitios Web que se construyen a propósito para colaborar con los esfuerzos de recaudación y ayuda. Las quejas presentadas al IC3 han identificado varias bandas que incluyen emails entrantes no solicitados (SPAM), e informes de respuestas a emails publicados, para ayudar, por una tarifa, a ubicar a un ser querido que puede haber sido una víctima del desastre. También se ha detectado un sitio Web fraudulento de donaciones de ayuda, el cual contenía un virus Troyano incorporado que puede infectar la computadora del usuario con un virus si se ingresa al sitio.
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 U.S. based non-profit organizations are used for intended purposes, go directly to recognized charities and aid organizations websites, as opposed to following a link to another site.
• 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. Abrir solamente los archivos adjuntos de remitentes conocidos.
Several variations of this scam are currently in circulation. Cualquiera que haya recibido un email que haga referencia a la información anterior o cualquier persona que pueda haber sido una víctima de este o algún incidente similar debe notificar al IC3 a través del sitio Web, www.ic3.gov.