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Vultures circle Christchurch - an email scam warning

 UPDATE:  Another email scam has been reported by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and this attempt is more sophisticated.

The scam also involves an email, supposedly from the Red Cross, that directs people to a fake phishing website where it then asks for credit card details.  What is worrying is that the fake website has what the Ministry calls the same "look and feel" as Red Cross' actual site.

Indications that the website is a scam include the highly suspicious mispelling of 'Christchurch', the long web address and its not being hosted on the Red Cross site, and the payment page not being secure.

The Ministry is looking into these websites but warns that more are likely to appear. 

NBR advises that emails which ask for credit card details and have cretinous spelling are generally a bad plan.  NBR takes no responsibility for scammees.

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The Ministry of Consumer Affairs has reported an email scam involving the Christchurch earthquake relief effort.

Cyber safety organizations Netsafe and Scamwatch have received reports of scammers trying to extract bank account information from well-meaning New Zealanders, the Ministry said.

The scam asks people to take funds for the earthquake relief into their bank account, for a 10% cut. The emails, sent from "James McCoy" and claiming to be from "Donate4Charity NZ" are all the more disturbing for their use of the name of a legitimate charity in the United Kingdom.

To add insult to injury, the Ministry’s call centre was in the Christchurch earthquake and has been evacuated, but the Ministry’s advice on scam emails is that if it is from a generic address like hotmail.com, poorly spelt or offers money, it is most likely a scam.

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Comments and questions
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Catch them and despatch with a dollar of hot lead thru the head

The lengths (or should that be depths) people go to for a bit of cash is amazing.

Some people are sick! Can't they have pity?

scumbags!

Bastards - sorry, shooting's too quick!

Heard so many other stories like that , that it disgust me ; what to say , 113 deaths so far and yet some people think about how to make quick money for themselves ; it is repulsive ; I suggest that for once forget about internet , take your car or walk to your bank and make a donation in person ;

Hmmm, interesting response. What I would like to know is where are you voices mentioning bullets when it comes to individuel sick pricks like rapists eh? Think about it next time votes are on the table and get us a bullet law for these kinds of people!
C'mon, they clearly don't deserve to get a 'free hand' like prison offers them nowdays....

And no, some people don't have pity. We used to 'dispatch' of them, now we look after them and make our population pay for 'em instead!