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May 6, 2010

Email scammers attempt volcanic cash-in

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by Darren Allan

If there’s one news story you haven’t been able to escape for the last few weeks, aside from the election, it’s Iceland’s volcanic ash cloud.

The eruption from the unpronounceable volcano (which has been traumatising news readers everywhere lately) has extensively disrupted travel plans across Europe.

As if not being able to go on holiday – or possibly worse still in the case of some destinations, being stuck out there – wasn’t bad enough, email scammers are now trying to capitalise on the misery.

The emails they’re sending out purport to be from the Civil Aviation Authority, and claim to offer travellers who have suffered inconvenience at the hands of the ash a considerable amount of compensation.

Of course, to get your hands on the compensation money, first you have to cough up an “administration fee”.

On top of this, the conmen also request passport details and other personal information.

According to the BBC, the scam emails are signed off by a “Frank Adam, Chief Consumer Protection Officer at the CAA.”

Of course, Frank Adam does not exist. Or if he does, he’s Chief Git at the IRP (Institute for Ripping-off People).

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