Bogus Haiti relief appeals latest e-mail scam
Feb. 15, 2010
KALAMAZOO--Fraudulent Haiti relief appeals are a vast and growing e-mail scam according to Western Michigan University's head of information technology.
"We are seeing thousands of Haiti-related spam messages daily, many of which are getting thought our spam filters, because they're coming from different addresses every hour," says Dr. James Gilchrist, vice provost for academic operations and chief information officer.
"If you receive an e-mail appeal to donate to Haiti relief and you do not know the sender, delete the message. You should donate online only through secure Web pages of organizations you know and trust."
You can avoid falling victim to Internet scams and identity theft by protecting your personal information and following these guidelines for safe online communication.
If you receive a questionable e-mail message through your WMU e-mail account, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org, then delete it immediately, advises Thom Myers, director of electronic communication.
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