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The Salvation Army Cautions about Bogus E-Mail on Japan

The Salvation Army is cautioning people, intending to donate, for remaining vigilant about a fake electronic mail that's appealing for charities on behalf of the organization as the organization works to elevate Japan from its crisis, Hawaiinewsnow.com reports on March 18, 2011.

Evidently, e-mail fraudsters are taking advantage of the Salvation Army's relief efforts by inviting phony donations. Accordingly, the e-mail solicits charities in cash for assisting people victimized with the Japan quake, tsunami as also the resultant nuclear emergency, told Major Irvine to wlfi.com published on March 18, 2011.

However, the e-mail clearly shows signs that it is a scam. Stated Irvine, the e-mail's return address ended with ".uk.co" immediately suggesting that the message would reach abroad.

Roger Miller Spokesman of Salvation Army Intermountain Division stated that the fraudulent e-mail utilized the original contents like history, mission statement, and schemes of The Salvation Army that all had been clearly copied from the organization's genuine websites. Furthermore, the scammers directed to donate $100 or more, while actually The Salvation Army never specified any amount. There were also fake phone numbers and e-mail ids inside the message, Miller added. Kdvr.com published this on March 17, 2011.

Meanwhile, Irvine said that The Salvation Army didn't call to make donations during national calamities similar to the current one alternatively, international calamities. It realized that people were anyway compassionate towards the disaster-struck. Further, it was also aware that donors had their chosen charities through which they wished for assisting, Irvine added. Wlfi.com published this.

Moreover, The Salvation Army is saying that it isn't inviting charities through e-mail. There are 4 ways by which it retrieves funds: sending a check through post, donating online on SalvationArmyUSA.org, telephoning or delivering text messages. Hawaiinewsnow.com published this.

Reportedly, according to 2 charities, e-mail fraudsters are dispatching scam messages utilizing the good names of their organizations for inviting donations. The mailbox of Colorado Red Cross had a scam message that apparently arrived from the apex organization revealing a movie link on the destruction inside Japan. Hence, according to security researchers, users mustn't allow e-mails, which falsely assert they're from a charitable institution, to dupe them.

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