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Missouri Attorney General To Sue Katrina Phisher

The Missouri attorney general today filed civil charges against an Internet scam artist I wrote about last Thursday who was running a hub of Web sites that claimed to be accepting donations on behalf of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Today a Missouri federal judge signed a temporary restraining order against Frank Weltner, 64, of St. Louis, Mo., that prohibits him from accepting donations through the slew of Web sites he registered with names like www.donate-katrina.com, www.clergydonations.com, and www.internetdonations.org. Weltner is also the owner of JewWatch.com, a decidedly anti-Semitic Web site.

According to the Missouri AG's complaint, Weltner conveniently "omitted the fact that the ultimate company behind the Defendants' websites support white supremacy and that the money raised from the consumers will be only for use to help white victims of the hurricane."

The state is seeking to shutter the fake donation site and to freeze the assets of Internet Donations Inc., the nonprofit entity Weltner registered the day after our first blog post about him (and after he was already accepting donations through his site). The New York Times also ran a story on the Missouri legal action on its Web site today.

By Brian Krebs  |  September 7, 2005; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  Fraud  
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If the donations are sent to white victims of the hurricane what is the problem? They are victims are they not? Or Should all donations be divied between corrupt minority advocacy groups and gov't aid con artists then filtered down to the actual taxpayers who lost property and livelihoods. If you are interested in con games , you should keep your eyes on those with thier hands out demanding money from momma government.

Posted by: Whites need help too | September 10, 2005 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The following is an email that I received that sounded pretty strange. Thought I'd pass it on to you. My name is Mary Theodore and my email is aacces@cebridge.net I didn't find another place to send in things like this so I hope you don't mind. If someone could email me, I would forward the email on to the approriate office.
Attn

In order to transfer out ( Thirty-Two Million Dollars) from our
Bank here in Abuja. I have the courage to look for a reliable and
Honest Person whom will be capable for this important business
Transaction,believing that you will never let me down either now or in
Future.

The owner of this account is mr Carlos M.Brown foreigner and
the manager Of petrol chemical service here in Abuja,a chemical
engineer byProffession and he died since 1990.the account has no other
beneficiaryAnd my Investigation proved to me as well that his company
does not know Anything About this account and the amount involved is
(32,000,000.)Dollars.

I want to transfer this money into a safe foreign account abroad but i
Don't know any foreigner,i know that this message will come to you as a
Surprise
as we don't know our self before, but be sure that it is real A Genuine
business.

I believe in God that you will never let me down in this investment.
Your full contact phone and fax number and name will be necessary for this
Effect.


I await your response so as for us to proceed with the transaction.

Best regards

Mr Rudy Eze
Auditor General
United Bank for Africa
Abuja.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2005 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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