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Spammers Misuse Red Cross Name, Send Bulk E-mails about Syrian Crisis

Symantec the security company says that following Syria's present deepening crisis, cyber-criminals are yet again taking advantage of the situation as they unleashed a spam mail run posing as messages sent from the international organization, Red Cross.

It maybe noted that Red Cross, more precisely British Red Cross (BRC) sends its all-time active people's group to assist innumerable residents of the nation alternatively all over the world, daily.

Using a title "Syria crisis," the fake e-mails purporting to be from Red Cross greet the recipients and inform that each day destruction and death are inflicting Syrian people, with over 5.1m residents displaced, 1.86m fleeing to near-by nations as well as 100,000 people meeting with death.

All over the country, staff and volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent have plunged courageously against death to help Syrians who are most vulnerable. Still, with worsening of the crisis, it's essential to arrange food, water, shelter and medical care for the residents, the e-mails state.

The spammers, in fact, copied the above portion of the messages from the British Red Cross' online site, while crafted the next portion more trickily.

That tricky portion directs the recipients for going to the BRC site for offering financial charities, that's lawful. But if the charities are more than 500 pounds (Eur584/$775) then they must dispatch the fund in the name of certain Helen Paula through Money Gram or Western Union.

Symantec stresses that although BRC is presently appealing for charity to help the Syrian conflict's victims, it, however, doesn't take assistance of these payment facilitators. The security company advises that anybody thinking about making donations must be careful while ensure they utilize the authorized site of the charitable organization.

According to its experts, there have been other scams too whose originators are apparently Syrian people who seek aid in transferring funds overseas, supposedly for safeguarding their wealth alternatively for establishing certain business. In return of such aid, the scams offer certain portion of the so-called wealth owner's huge fortune, while ask for an immediate response. But, like always, one should be cautious of any offer unbelievably true.

» SPAMfighter News - 04-09-2013

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