World Vision asks for internet cops

World Vision, the international aid charity, has called for the creation of an organisation to combat 'phishing' and other internet hoaxes.

The call was made in response to an email now in circulation that claims to be from the charity and which is being sent to smaller overseas agencies.

The email announces that World Vision has offered the agencies grants worth £1.5m for "charity development and poverty eradication".

World Vision has received letters from individuals in Zambia, India, Pakistan and the US, all requesting access to the grants they believe they have been awarded.

Justin Byworth, head of international programmes at the charity, said: "Unfortunately, email hoaxes such as these are so common and there isn't one coordinated agency that has the power to shut down operations like this."

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