Scam E-Mail Impersonating Red Cross
Last Updated: 2022-03-04 21:25:13 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
Earlier today, I received a scam email that impersonates the Ukrainian Red Cross. It attempts to solicit donations via Bitcoin. The email is almost certainly not related to any valid Red Cross effort.
There are some legitimate efforts to collect donations for Ukraine using crypto-currencies. This scam may take advantage of these efforts.
The scam wasn't hard to spot, but as people are looking for ways to help, some may fall for it. So far, the address has received about $10 in Bitcoin. Someone may already have been scammed.
If you are soliciting funds for charitable purposes: Please make sure you are providing verifiable information. Even bank account numbers (not just Bitcoin addresses) may be fake. Best to link to a website of charity with respective information.
As suggested by the email, I am going to reply and will update this post if I get a response.
Our heart's bleeds greatly at the worsening situation in Ukraine. Posterity will judge us; if we nonchalantly ignore the on-going war in Ukraine- Russia. As a matter of urgency, we are called in every humanly way possible to help restore peace and alleviate pain in the affected areas.
We at International Community/committee of Red Cross requests kindly for your donations in money, prayers, sacrifices.
To make your donations; follow these steps: We look forward to your charitable donations.
Make a bitcoin donation to this following address 364fYEU6U4D8zt4EG2oxVZcYo2ovGYZioD
For other payment method kindly reply to this email.
Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D. , Dean of Research, SANS.edu