of any emails purporting to relate to lost children (or adults) in areas affected by the recent tsunami disaster. There are suddenly hundreds of hoax messages in circulation, and many of them contain viruses - particularly those which include attachments described as images from the disaster areas. Please don't distribute such mail, or attempt to publish details on the forum.
No bona-fide aid agency would distribute or originate such mail under any circumstances.
The emails are hitting my in-box at a rate of knots and most are from people who should know better. I have even set up a template that I just click and send back, well actually two of them. One for family and non tech friends [a nice - thanks but....] and one for those who defiantly shouldn't be forwarding them [I cant type that here]
forwarded from forum members. Please don't so this - they clog up my inbox, which is already full enough, and they go straight into the bin anyway.
We will NOT permit any threads or posts concerning children lost, or purported to be lost, in Asia - there are already many agencies dealing with genuine cases, and we can well do without mass distributions of dubious mail messages.
You will soon be receiving the next chapter. It states "How the Internet Became a Hero in the Tsunami Disaster" the email is a screen grab from a site [I have the site open here but I wont publish it} is dated 20/12/04!....eh??
Its main purpose is to knock George Bush, the first couple of paragraphs explain how the net has saved a kid then off it goes on a rampage of what the president was doing, not only with this disaster but the twin towers. Its a cloaked attack and nothing else.
You can guarantee that most people will not see it that way, they will see the headlines and a pic of the young boy and just forward it on.