Spam scam targets ash cloud victims

As if we needed any further proof that e-mail spammers are bottom-feeding scum of the lowest order, one group of knuckle-dragging cyberthieves is trying to trick victims of the Icelandic ash cloud which brought Europe to a virtual standstill into parting with yet more cash.

The scammers are currently churning out thousands of emails which appear to be from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and say that affected travellers can get up to £2,000 in compensation, as long as they are daft or greedy enough to cough up an 'administration fee".

The emails also ask for personal details, including passport information, which will no doubt be used to further fleece anyone who responds to the fake correspondence.

A spokesperson for the CAA told the BBC: "I can categorically say that this e-mail has nothing to do with us. It's a scam - and we'll be asking the police to investigate."