New Zealand Red Cross is warning the public to be on the lookout for a fake email asking people to donate to Syria.
The email uses the heading "Donate to the emergency appeal for Syria", and uses text identical to that on the New Zealand Red Cross website Syria appeal page.
The email contains a link for people to follow, and most spam filters will block access to this link.
However, people should not click on the link as the email is not genuine.
New Zealand Red Cross fundraising manager Alice Montague said Red Cross did not send unsolicited emails to members of the public.
People could donate to the genuine appeal for Syria by going to www.redcross.org.nz.