Waves of Tsunami Spam Continue

There has been no respite from the tsunami of scam-emails taking advantage of the natural disaster-nuclear meltdown combo punch that is hitting Japan, according to research from Kaspersky Labs.

There has been no respite from the tsunami of scam-emails taking advantage of the natural disaster-nuclear meltdown combo punch that is hitting Japan, according to research from Kaspersky Labs.

As pleas for charitable donations for victims of the magnitude 9 earthquake in northern Japan fill the airwaves, online scam artists are getting in on the act, also, according to Kaspersky researcher Michael Molsner, who took a closer look at one such spam email that attempts to exploit our philanthropy.

Spammers are using phony Japanese e-mail addresses to make their messages appear more legitimate, while asking for Western Union money transfers, as well as personally identifiable information of victims, Molsner wrote in a blog post Monday.

As always, beware of messages from unfamiliar or new email addresses. Further, you should always be suspicious of emails asking you to disclose any personally identifiable information, Molsner warns.

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