January 2nd, 2005, 18:37 PM
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Man Arrested in UK Tsunami Death Email Probe
British police said on Sunday they had arrested a man after a hoaxer posing as a government official emailed relatives of people missing since the Asian tsunami, saying their loved ones had been confirmed dead.
The hoaxer, claiming to be from the "Foreign Office Bureau" in Thailand, targeted people who had placed appeals for information about relatives and friends on the Web site of TV station Sky News.
Police said they had arrested a 40-year-old man in Lincolnshire and seized computer equipment in a joint operation by London's Metropolitan Police and Lincolnshire police.
The man was being questioned at a London police station, a police statement said.
All the messages came from one bogus email address, email@example.com.
What an idiot!
Last edited by hotmale; January 2nd, 2005 at 18:39 PM.
January 2nd, 2005, 18:49 PM
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