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Red Cross Alerts Public to Myanmar Relief Email Scam
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Red Cross
May 15, 2008

The Office of Investigations, Compliance and Ethics has been alerted to communications circulating via e-mail confirming the American Red Cross will be donating $5 million aid to the victims of Myanmar. It then asks for donations to help save lives. It advocates that you make the donations by clicking on the web page, contacting them by an e-mail account or dialing a telephone number.  None of these contacts are affiliated with the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross does not advertise for donations using a yahoo domain as a contact address.  This is an email scam using the American Red Cross brand, and the Internet Crime Complaint Center of the FBI has been notified.  If you received this email, treat it with caution.  To avoid becoming a victim of fraud, do not forward any personal information in response to unsolicited and suspicious emails.

If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross, only use the authorized Red Cross Website, www.redcross.org or www.icrc.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at www.redcrosschat.org.

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