‘Fraudsters’ trying to swindle tsunami donations: Oxfam

Associated Press

Hong Kong, January 2:

Suspected fraudsters are trying to swindle tsunami relief donations by sending out fake fund-raising e-mails, the Hong Kong branch of aid group Oxfam said today.

Oxfam informed local police about the e-mails, which call on recipients to deposit donations into a Cyprus bank account and fax deposit receipts to an office in Spain, the group said in a statement. Lum Kwok-choi, an Oxfam spokesman in Hong Kong, said the unauthorised e-mails contained excerpts from the group’s press releases describing its relief efforts and mentioned other aid groups as well.

Oxfam Hong Kong has set up two local bank accounts to receive donations for relief efforts in areas struck by tsunamis on December 26.