September 3, 2005
The Lowest of Schemes
As predicted here fraudulent schemes are arising from the Katrina tragedy. Cathy Cox, Secretary of State for the State of Georgia, notes here that people should "be wary of phony hurricane relief emails and web sites that have popped up in several states this week." Her press release states that:
"[t]he FTC has received multiple reports of individuals using fake Hurricane Katrina donation web sites to steal money, capture user names and passwords, and install spyware or Trojan software on computers. The websites/domains in question include: katrinahelp.com, katrinarelief.com, and katrinacleanup.com."
It's a sad day when people who wish to assist others have to worry about the way they provide assistance. Individuals who commit these crimes commit the lowest form of white collar crime -stealing from those in need.
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