Online scams emerge in tsunami's wake

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Scam artists are posing as tsunami victims on the Internet in a bid to divert some of the millions of dollars flowing to relief efforts, security experts warned on Wednesday, according to a Reuters article.

Crudely written appeals for help have begun to appear in e-mail inboxes, asking for donations through a Web site or an offshore bank account, the analysts said.

"It's only a matter of time before ... we have fully fledged Web sites that spoof well-known charities, for example," said a spokesperson for Internet security company MessageLabs.

The fraudulent appeals are patterned after two existing scams: phishing attacks that direct people to legitimate-looking Web sites in order to trick them into giving up their credit card numbers, and 419 scams, messages that promise great riches in exchange for a bank account number.
 

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Amazing how low some people are prepared to sink.
 

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Unfortuantely, there will always be some to try (and succeed in many cases) to profit from someone elses misfortune. A good way to avoid these scams is to go into a high street bank and hand money over the counter.
 

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Yes, good advice, if you want to donate, go via your online bank or charity, but always go direct, never follow an E-mail link.

PS. Jaxom, is that the Anne McAffrey character?
 

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Yes, good advice, if you want to donate, go via your online bank or charity, but always go direct, never follow an E-mail link.

PS. Jaxom, is that the Anne McAffrey character?
Sure is rolfw. Great series of books. I guess you've read them. My fav - All the Weyers of Pern.
 

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Ah another pern fan. I read all of them when I was off work for 2 months in the Autumn. A great way to escape being ill!
 

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Ah, what a great idea for a section, Sci-Fi literature, I can see that I am in good company. :) Having said that, probably haven't read a book in 10 years, but was an avid reader in my time.
 

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Ah yes, Sci-Fi.

Looks like I was there as well. Some 30 years ago I was an avid reader and absorbed just about anything with a sci-fi connection. I read everything in the local library and had to move on to the next nearest to satisfy my cravigs.

I suppose things changed and I got out of the habit but recently I have been reading some new stuff. Steven Baxter is a very competent and knowlegable writer with a good solid scientific background. Spreading sideways to fantasy can I also strongly recommend Philip Pullman, especially the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Don't let the children's author tag put you off.

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I ebayed off a few copies of SFX about six months ago. it was far too Hollywood for my taste .

As for reading , I will usually choose short stories over long ones, Larry Niven and Robert Sheckley make for very thought provoking stuff in condensed form.

As for films, not a lot has toppled Gattaca from my list (though The Arrival and Galaxy Quest are in the second and third slot)
 

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Apart from the Pern books I remember years ago reading the Lensman and Dequense series of books by E E 'Doc' Smith. Mostly read thrillers and (Clive Cussler now though.
 
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