Beware Japanese disaster scam emails

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

Any emails requesting donations to us through any mechanism other than secure donation via or 0845 054 7200 are fraudulent.

All British Red Cross marketing email addresses end 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

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