Scam Alert - January 4th, 2005
The Scam: Received in Email
Help Tsunami Victims
Crisis Relief Fund firstname.lastname@example.org
I am sending this message on behalf of the Crisis Relief Fund. The
unfortunate natural disasters that you have been hearing so much about
lately have now killed over 160,000 people. These people desperately
need our help. On behalf of the Crisis Relief Fund, I am asking you
for your heartfelt donations to help these people.
100 percent of the money acquired with this fund will go straight to
helping the tsunami victims. We are a completely volunteer
organization who are dedicated to helping the less fortunate in our
Some of these funds will take 10 or 20 percent or more for themselves
instead of sending it to those who really need it. We feel that this
is wrong, so we are being the honest ones and trying to do something
If you or somebody you know is interested in helping others or wants
to give to the Tsunami Victims Fund, please send a paypal deposit of
any ammount you wish to contribute to email@example.com.
Please forward this message to anyone you know that may be interested
in helping these poor unfortunate victims and their families in their
time of need.
If you don't have a paypal account, get one here:
Thank you, and God Bless,
Crisis Relief Fund
Why this a scam:
- Excessive Anonymity. No web site, phone number, address, or contact person are listed.
- Limited donation method. Donations are limited to PayPal. This is an inefficient
means of funds transfers for large companies.
- Spam. Legitimate relief agencies do not resort to bulk emailings for donations.