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It appears some people have no morals or conscience. There are a number of scam emails doing the rounds , purporting to be from the British Red Cross appealing for donations to the Japanese disaster fund. The email directs you to a website called MoneyBookers and requires you to make your donation through a Yahoo email address. Don’t be fooled. If you want to make a donation go direct to the Red Cross website.
This from the British Red Cross website :
Fraudulent disaster appeal emails and websites
Please note: Unfortunately there are currently some fraudulent emails circulating claiming to be raising money for the Japan Tsunami Appeal, please be aware we will never ask for people to donate through companies such as Western Union or Money Bookers. We have not sent any emails soliciting donations for the Japan Tsunami Appeal.
Whenever there is a disaster, such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami and the New Zealand or Haiti earthquakes, there will be those who seek to take advantage of people wanting to donate for the relief effort. Many scams involve emails that claim to be on behalf of the Red Cross and there are numerous variations:
- They may direct you to a fake website where you are asked for credit card details.
- They may offer you a position collecting money on their behalf for a percentage, retaining the money you send or using you to launder money from criminal activities.
- They may ask you to donate cash through money transfer companies such as Western Union.
If you receive an unsolicited email alleging to be on behalf of the Red Cross or collecting for the Red Cross, do not respond to it or provide any personal details, but delete it immediately and do not forward or otherwise circulate it.
Please ensure that you only make donations on the official British Red Cross site www.redcross.org.uk
Any emails requesting donations to us through any mechanism other than secure donation via redcross.org.uk or 0845 054 7200 are fraudulent.
All British Red Cross marketing email addresses end @mail.redcross.org.uk and we do not use general email providers, such as BT Internet or Googlemail, to solicit donations.
If you are suspicious of an email you have received, please contact the British Red Cross supporter care team:
0844 87 100 87
Do you publish your home address online? Facebook has caused no small amount of concern by quietly opening the address and phone number fields to developers. A post on Saturday by Jeff Bowen in Facebook’s developer support team explained that users’ addresses and mobile phone numbers are being made available on the development platform through a number of APIs.
Users would have to accept a new app and allow it access to personal information. Contact details of friends would not be accessible unless they too accepted the app.
But the primary concern, as neatly summarised by Graham Cluley on the Sophos blog, is that rogue app developers could efficiently harvest this very valuable information by developing apps that scrape this contact information and use it for spam or cold-calling.
“Facebook is already plagued by rogue applications that post spam links to users’ walls, and point users to survey scams that earn them commission – and even sometimes trick users into handing over their cellphone numbers to sign them up for a premium rate service,” he wrote last night. “You have to ask yourself – is Facebook putting the safety of its 500+ million users as a top priority with this move?”
Facebook’s latest API allows developers access to users’ address and mobile number.
This is clearly the downside of Facebook’s open apps policy, though it’s extremely unlikely Facebook would reverse that and head down the Apple road of approving apps – which has a whole set of different problems. Cluley suggests developers should only be granted access to this information if it proven to be a valid use, or that users should be asked to approve sharing this data.
Facebook reminds us that there’s a difference between rogue applications and apps with a genuine reason for accessing your address or phone number. A spokesperson gave the example of an airline’s e-commerce app that could be more useful if it could notify users about last minute flight changes.
“On Facebook you have absolute control over what information you share, who you share it with and when you want to remove it. Developers can now request permission to access a person’s address and mobile phone number to make applications built on Facebook more useful and efficient. You need to explicitly choose to share your data before any app or website can access it and no private information is shared without your permission. As an additional step for this new feature, you’re not able to share your friends’ address or mobile information
To change your shared settings , goto your Account | Privacy Settings , choose ‘customise settings’ and amend the tab accordingly
Thousands of Googlemail users have been left with empty inboxes after their accounts were accidentally wiped. As well as all e-mails going missing, many also had their contacts deleted. Google, which operates Gmail, said that only a small percentage of its users had been affected and some accounts have already been restored, thus suggesting the loss of data was not permanent.
Google’s statement : “This is affecting less than 0.08% of our Gmail user base, and we’ve already fixed the problem for some individuals.”
The company said that engineers were working to restore service. Google is beleived to have between 150 million and 200 million Gmail accounts. That would mean that the 0.08% equates to around 150,000 users which were affected by the problem.
In a further update Google has confirmed that a storage software update was responsible for causing the loss of access to data.
Initially Google claimed 0.08% of users complained of losing e-mails, contacts, and folders. They then changed that figure to 0.29 per cent , but has since revised that figure to less than 0.02 per cent, or about 40,000 of the service’s 200 million accounts.
Ben Treynor, Google VP of engineering and site reliability czar, said sorry for the mess and said he expects to have the lost data restored soon. He said that the data was not completely lost and Google had restored most of it already. Writing in Google’s Gmail blog, Treynor said that it was caused by a storage software update that introduced an unexpected bug. “When we discovered the problem, we immediately stopped the deployment of the new software and reverted to the old version,” he said. Users might be wondering how safe all this cloud computing lark really is if, as Google promises, all the data was backed up in different locations with the keys owned by people who have never met each other. Treynor said this is because in some rare instances software bugs can affect several copies of the data. “Some copies of mail were deleted, and we’ve been hard at work over the last 30 hours getting it back for the people affected by this issue,” he said