Man arrested after Asian tsunami e-mail hoax

By Derek Sooman on January 3, 2005, 4:03 PM
I can't say that I can recommend anything here other than death by hanging. A man has been arrested by British police after a hoaxer posing as a government official e-mailed relatives of people missing since the Asian tsunami, saying their loved ones had been confirmed dead.

The "man" (if we can apply this label to the thing responsible for this) claimed in his hoax to be from the "Foreign Office Bureau" in Thailand. He targetted a number of people who had placed appeals for information about relatives and friends on the Web site of TV station Sky News.

Needless to say, both the British Police, Sky News and us here at Techspot are completely disgusted by this. The British Police have been careful to say that the British government would not notify people of such news via e-mail.

"The British government would not use e-mail to convey news of the death of a loved one. Anyone receiving such an e-mail should treat it with utmost caution."

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howard_hopkinso said:
Yes I read the article as well, and was shocked and disgusted that such an individual could do something so abhorrent.I hope he gets his just deserts and spends a long time in prison.Why anyone would do such a thing is beyond comprehension.
Mikael said:
I agree with you, Howard. How could he honestly do something so silly! I am sure it's only a matter of time before we hear about how people collecting donations were pocketing the money instead of donating it.
timmoore said:
It disgusts me to even think that a human being is capable of doing such a thing; it makes me sick that there are individuals out there who get pleasure from committing such an act.
Phantasm66 said:
This is an awful, terrible thing.Please will everyone try to donate as much money as they can to the Red Cross or some similar trusted organisation.
Electrick Gypsy said:
[b]Originally posted by Phantasm66:[/b][quote]This is an awful, terrible thing.Please will everyone try to donate as much money as they can to the Red Cross or some similar trusted organisation.[/quote]I agree totally with all of the above statements, but please make sure that the charity organisation you donate to is a "trusted organisation" and not a "company" that only forwards a small percentage of what it collects and keeps the rest for itself.You might be surprised at how many of them do this.Red Cross is safe.
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