News reports indicate that scam emails related to the London terrorist bombings have already began to circulate, especially in Australia. The emails include logos and images stolen from the British Red Cross website and ask for donations to help bombing victims.
The British Red Cross has not sent any emails asking for donations and is very unlikely to do so. The Australian Red Cross has the following warning on its website:
If you have received an email asking you to donate to the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund, please be aware that this is not an official communication from the British Red Cross.
Those who receive these scam emails are advised to delete them as soon as possible. DO NOT respond to the messages.
Be wary of any email that purports to be from a charitable organization and ask for donations. Earlier in 2005, heartless scammers also used the Asian tsunami as a ruse to extort money from email recipients.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!