E-mail scammers are trying to exploit the tsunami disaster in the Indian Ocean.
IntY, which provides e-mail anti-virus and spam protection services to thousands of UK small business customers, has warned of the fraud attempts.
IntY's MailDefender service has stopped well over 2,000 different e-mails claiming to be from victims of the disaster and asking for help.
Mark Herbert, IntY chief executive officer, said, "These spam messages are variants of the 419 Nigerian fraud scam messages, and add to the overall volume of spam that small businesses have to wade through.
“Distracting IT resources from the core business to spam clean-up is hugely wasteful for a small enterprise.”