Fraudulent emails and websites

Important information about fake Red Cross / Red Crescent emails and websites

Person claiming to be an ICRC surgeon

A person pretending to be an ICRC doctor working in Syria has recently tricked a member of the public into transferring a large sum of money to a bank account, claiming that fees were due in connection with a cash delivery.

The person was using the name of Dr Melton Corbett and the following photos:


Unsurprisingly, this was a scam.

ICRC employees do not move cash around the world by courier, and no ICRC employee would ask someone he had met on Facebook to facilitate a cash transfer. Nor do we have an employee by the name of Melton Corbett.

If you are approached by someone who claims to work for the ICRC, asking you to send them money for any reason whatsoever, please contact us via

These photos are in fact of Ukrainian plastic surgeon Dr Vladimir Sazhienko. Dr Sazhienko is not involved in this scam in any way.

Update: 30 September 2016

Attention iPhone users

We have been made aware of two fraudulent websites that are targeting users of iPhones. These are not official sites of the ICRC or Red Cross and have been taken down.

Please use caution when clicking on any links to these sites: and

Bogus emails purporting to come from our head of operations for the Near and Middle East, Robert Mardini.

Fraudulent mails are currently circulating, purporting to be from Robert Mardini, our head of operations for the Near and Middle East, involving business deals and the transfer of money. Needless to say, these are not from Mr Mardini. It is worth noting that the emails come from an address, whereas all ICRC email addresses end in or

The website below is not an ICRC website

Bogus emails purporting to come from ICRC president Peter Maurer

Emails from "pmaurer(dot)icrc15(at)gmail(dot)com" are not from Peter Maurer. All ICRC email addresses end in or


"Money transfer" scam

Emails are currently circulating that appear to be from our president Peter Maurer or from our Director of Communication and Information Management Charlotte Lindsey, in which "they" ask the addressee to help them handle a large sum of money originally belonging to someone who has died.

As you may imagine, this is a fraud.


"Property buying" scam

Fake messages are currently circulating that use the names of at least two members of ICRC staff (Robert Mardini and Helen Durham), saying that they want to purchase property in a range of different countries. Any message like this is of course a fake and you should delete it.

If you receive any unsolicited emails that look suspicious, please treat them with caution. The only source of valid information is the ICRC website, In case of doubt, please contact us by email.


Fraudulent fundraising attempts

A number of fraudulent websites are using the names or emblems of the Red Cross or Red Crescent to solicit donations for the victims of conflict or natural disaster.

Please donate to the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement through official channels only.

There are also fraudulent emails in circulation that invite people to pay for fake employment or training opportunities or for attendance at non-existent conferences.

If you wish to donate to the Red Cross or Red Crescent, please use the authorized channels, which are as follows:

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