Volcanic Ash Scam!
Email scammers are very good at using current events and news events to weave convincing stories designed to part you from your cash. The recent earthquakes in Haiti gave rise to dozens of fake websites soliciting fraudulent donations and email spam asking you to send money to non-existent humanitarian efforts.
The latest target of online fraudsters are travellers who found themselves stranded by the volcanic ash cloud which caused travel chaos and the closure of much of Europe’s airspace.
My name is Mr.Frank Adam. I am the chief consumer protection officer at the CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY.
Your name has been passed to me identifying you as an air travel passenger who was stranded in mainland Europe because of the recent eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland which caused flights to be cancelled.
European law says that every passenger who is unable to travel because of airport closure is entitled to compensation from the airline that they booked their flight with. Many airlines are saying that they will not pay because they did not ask to close the airspace and the ash cloud was an ACT OF GOD.
The CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY has decided that passengers should not be disadvantaged by this refusal and we have established a fund totalling £25,000,000 (TWENTY FIVE MILLION POUNDS) to compensate passengers for their costs. We will seek to be reimbursed for this by the airlines through the EUROPEAN COURTS after we have distributed the fund.
The total that will be paid to each passenger is £2,000 (TWO THOUSAND POUNDS)
To claim your compensation you need to contact me at (***EMAIL REMOVED***) and provide the following information:
Copy of your passport:
Your reply to us is very important and will help us to send your money as soon as possible.
There is no such fund, no compensation and no Frank Adam at the Civil Aviation Authority. This is simply advance fee fraud and anyone falling for this will find themselves out of pocket. You will either be asked for an “administration fee” to release your payment, or be sent a fake cheque and be asked to send the fee by wire transfer once you’ve paid the cheque into your account. Either way, you’ll be stitched up by scammers taking advantage of current affairs to get their hands on your cash!