Syrian Red Cross email scam

Last updated 16:09 30/07/2013

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New Zealand Red Cross (NZRC) is seeing red over a fake email asking people to donate to war-torn Syria.

The email uses the heading "Donate to the emergency appeal for Syria", and uses text identical to the NZRC website Syria appeal page.

It contains a link which NZRC warned people not to click on, as the email is not genuine.

Red Cross does not send unsolicited emails to members of the public, and also does not ask for people's bank account numbers by email, fundraising manager Alice Montague says.

"We only communicate via email to supporters, donors and project partners who have specifically asked to be on our mailing list. While we have launched an appeal for Syria, we have not sent an email out asking for donations."

It is aware of four cases of people receiving the fraudulent emails, one using New Zealand information but purporting to be from the Norwegian Red Cross.

Red Cross has referred the matter to the Department of Internal Affairs.

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