Thursday, January 06, 2005

Tsunami Disaster 2

As the days unfold following the Asian Earthquake and Tsunami, no doubt stories will emerge of amazing heroism and generosity in dire circumstances. Unfortunately, tragedies such as this also encourage the worst possible behaviour in some people.

I had already heard on the radio that traffickers in children were looking for "targets" in the disaster area to sell for exploitation and sexual abuse. Shooting Parrots informed me of the despicable creatures sending hoax and obscene e-mails to worried familes, as well as the lowlives who stole money intended for the appeal from a pub in Hartlepool.

Finally, it becomes clear that there are already spam e-mails from supposed Tsunami victims appearing in e-mail inboxes all over the globe. Apparently, it's thought that it is only a matter of time before websites that spoof well known charities appear, in an attempt to siphon off donations.

Words fail me!