01/11/2006

E-Mail Scam Targets McCloy Donors

Fake message appears to be from WVU doctor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A number of people reported to West Virginia University Hospitals Tuesday and Wednesday that they have received e-mails – purportedly from a WVU doctor – seeking donations to support the care of Randal McCloy.

The messages – which appear to have originated in India – are bogus. Neither WVU Hospitals nor any WVU physician are seeking donations to pay for McCloy’s care.

The hospital contacted the FBI’s Clarksburg office about the messages Wednesday. The scam has been reported to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

People who are interested in helping McCloy and his family, or the families of the 12 victims of the Sago Mine disaster, should contact one of the charities endorsed by the families. For information about McCloy’s status, see http://www.health.wvu.edu/mccloy/mccloy.htm.

Anyone who receives an email, soliciting funds for McCloy's medical expenses is encouraged to file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.IC3.gov .

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
bc: 1-11-06

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