Tulsa Police Cybercrime Tip – Tsunami Relief Effort


Friday, January 7th 2005, 11:14 am
By: News On 6


Citizens of Tulsa are now beginning to receive emails asking them to contribute to the Tsunami Relief Effort .

Citizens need to be very leery of any email such as the following:

1st YOU MUST BE HONEST
2nd YOU MUST KEEP YOUR WORD
3rd YOU MUST BE A PAYPAL MEMBER
It's FREE to become a member CLICK HERE
Or Go To>> https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_registration-run
4th YOU MUST PROMISE TO DONATE, TO A REPUTABLE CHARITY, AT LEAST 50%
OF ALL OF THE GIFTS YOU WILL RECEIVE.

And at the end the following:
1. Send $2.37 using your PayPal account to each of the email addresses listed below ($11.85 total)
2. Copy this email and save it to your computer
3. Remove the #5 email address
4. Move the other four remaining email addresses down one spot
5. Place your PayPal email address in the #1 position
6. Send your edited copy of this email to as many people as you can
Send $1 of EACH of the $2 gifts you'll receive to your chosen charity.
This is another version of a pyramid scam. Citizens should not respond to this email in anyway.

In another report at http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/01/06/tsunami_relief_attack/ the FBI advises:

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that citizens wishing to help victims of the recent tsunami, and who attempt to donate money online to relief organizations, may themselves become victims of a browser exploit that will infect their boxes.

Characteristically short on specifics, the Bureau fails to mention which of the several recent browser exploits affecting and infecting IE users is in play.

For further information contact the Tulsa Police Department.