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The scammer asks for donations, often linking to online news articles to strengthen their story of a funds drive.The scammer's victims are charitable people who believe they are helping a worthy cause and expect nothing in return.Once sent, the money is gone and the scammer often disappears, though many attempts to keep the scam going by asking for a series of payments.The victim may sometimes find themselves in legal trouble after deducting their supposed donations from their income taxes.A prime example was the global 2008 Beijing Olympic Games ticket fraud run by US-registered "Xclusive Leisure and Hospitality", sold through a professionally designed website with the name "Beijing 2008 Ticketing".Internet gambling has become a million industry.
More specifically, malicious hackers have been trying to get their hands on gift card information that have been issued but have not been spent.
The scammer poses as a charitable organization soliciting donations to help the victims of a natural disaster, terrorist attack (such as the 9/11 attacks), regional conflict, or epidemic.
Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami were popular targets of scammers perpetrating charity scams; other more timeless scam charities purport to be raising money for cancer, AIDS or Ebola virus research, children's orphanages (the scammer pretends to work for the orphanage or a non-profit associated with it), or impersonates charities such as the Red Cross or United Way.
A variation of Internet marketing fraud offers tickets to sought-after events such as concerts, shows, and sports events. The proliferation of online ticket agencies and the existence of experienced and dishonest ticket resellers has fueled this kind of fraud.
Many such scams are run by British ticket touts, though they may base their operations in other countries.