World Vision counters phishing email Howard Lake | 21 June 2007 | News 16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital “Unfortunately, email hoaxes like these are so common and there isn’t one coordinated agency which has the power to shut down operations like this”, said Justin Byworth, World Vision’s Head of International Programmes. “We reported the issue to the hoaxer’s ISP but within hours, the hoaxer had opened a new email account. We’d like to see in place a single governing body with extensive powers to tackle the growing issue of Internet fraud and hoaxes”.He added that World Vision had received letters from individuals in Zambia, India, Pakistan and the US, all requesting access to the £1.5 million grant they believe they have received.“Each of these letters and emails deserves a reply but this takes up valuable time and diverts efforts from the real focus of our work. World Vision and other charities like us are in the business of creating hope. We regret someone is using our name in this instance, to create deception and disappointment for a lot of people.”World Vision has posted a statement on its website about this hoax. International relief and development agency World Vision has highlighted the negative impact on charities of hoax and phishing email scams. It has called for a single organisation to be empowered to deal with Internet hoaxes.The charity is currently feeling the effects of an email that claims to come from the charity. It is being sent to smaller overseas charities, and announces that World Vision has offered them a grant of £1.5 million for“charity development and poverty eradication”. Recipients are invited to email the sender for a grant application form which they can complete and submit to the World Vision UK office.In fact, the message aims fraudulently to obtain bank details of partners, supporters and unconnected parties. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.