HL Deb 01 March 2005 vol 670 cc11-2WA
The Earl of Northesk

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In light of the appearance of the worm VBSun-A and other fraudulent activities on the Internet, what action they are taking against online fraudsters seeking to exploit the tsunami disaster. [HL809]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal

UK law enforcement agencies have received reports of unsolicited e-mails seeking to solicit money fraudulently, which it is claimed will be used either to support the tsunami relief effort, locate loved ones who may have been lost in the disaster, or release inheritance funds tied up with the disaster. It has also been noted that false websites have been established related to relief donations which actually spread computer viruses.

The National Criminal Intelligence Service has issued public advice and guidance regarding these and other similar scams, and investigations are ongoing by UK law enforcement agencies into tracing those individuals who participate in such schemes, and taking appropriate action against them.