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Monday, January 03, 2005

Bogus emails anger authorities

In Hong Kong emails falsely asking for donations for victims of last week's killer tsunami have been discovered doing the rounds, while in England a man has been charged for sending hoax emails telling families of people missing that their loved ones were dead.

Police and charity workers said today the fraudulent messages in Hong Kong claims to be from Oxfam and urges donors to deposit money into a bank account in Cyprus.

It was not known whether anybody had been fooled by them, a police spokeswoman said.

Oxfam is among a number of worldwide relief agencies mobilisingtsunami aid.

Oxfam Hong Kong spokeswoman Christy Ko said the emails were a sick attempt to extort money from people at a time of tragedy.

However, she did not believe they would harm the agency's campaign to raise funds for relief efforts.

"It was a very badly put together email, I don't think many people would have been fooled," she said.

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