Dodgy Haiti earthquake-themed domains point to scams
Some people really are all heart
With sad inevitability, fraudsters have rushed to register the Haiti earthquake-themed scam URLs in the wake of Tuesday's natural disaster in the impoverished Caribbean country.
Not all the newly registered domains may turn out to be fraudulent, but ever since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 the registration of fraudulent domains has preceded cynical scams attempting to exploit the generosity of ordinary people to line the pockets of fraudsters.
Security researchers at the Internet Storm Centre have already logged the appeared of suspicious domains not connected to recognised charities. "We are already seeing a bunch of domains being parked in relation to the Haiti disaster, and we are going to attempt to keep an eye on them all to warn our readers of anything possibly misaligned," ISC researcher Joel Esler writes.
Scams have evolved since the days of Katrina so that Black Hat search engine manipulation is used to promote dodgy sites, Twitter tag-poisoning and even paid search engine placement ads may be brought into play to increase traffic flowing towards fraudulent domains. Cybercrooks may also attempt to trick surfers into downloading malware under the guise of codecs supposedly needed to view video reports of the Haitian tragedy, if previous experience is any guide.
As many as 100,000 people are feared dead, and millions more affected, by a magnitude 7.0 quake whose epicentre was located approximately 15km from Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital.
Those interested in making donations are advised to go directly to the websites of recognised charities such as the Disasters Emergency Committee in the UK and the IFRC (Red Cross and Red Crescent). ®
They don't catch these pond scum lickers very often and when they do it's never more than a few months in slam. I say 20 years and in severe cases like Chinese scum hackers and cons a life sentence for e-fraud.. beheading would be the best for some but that can't happen.
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Closing free email accounts used by scammers does more harm than good, as a new one can be set up in a few minutes.
The longer they last, the more likely they show up on Google, etc as scams. And if you are wasting a lad's time by baiting him, the last thing you want is his account closed.
Two scam emails have already been reported on www.scamwarners.com.
You know what's next ...
Coming up next - a government bill on a highly restricted whitelist of sites Brits can visit just in case anyone gets scammed/infected/insert buzzword here.