While the internet can be a wonderful source of information, unfortunately there are dangers posed by unscrupulous people or those looking to make a quick profit. The CRI/Voice site is a high profile site on the Internet with nearly 60 million hits a year, so is it is not surprising that it would be targeted.
One avenue for this is by using variations of the URL address of legitimate or popular web sites. The URL address for one of the mirror sites of CRI/Voice is crivoice.org. However, the URL address crivoice.com is one of those spam sites. It is a search portal that contains many of the same topics found on CRI/Voice, yet redirects users to sponsored sites or sites that pay a fee to advertise on this spam site. It even contains a listing for Christian Resource Institute (this site), but sends users to a totally unrelated site. It also serves advertising popups and tracks users with spyware cookies, as do many of the redirected sites. So far, the other CRI/Voice mirror site, cresourcei.org, has not been spoofed.
Another avenue is fraudulent or spoofed e-mail. In this case, an email appears to have been sent from one of CRI/Voice's web sites complete with a legitimate looking return address. Often, the subject headers contain religious references, messages to confirm orders or donations, or feign other personal correspondence.
However, a close examination of the full header of the e-mail (which can be revealed in most mail programs) shows the true origin of the mail. These e-mails either contain advertising for various products, or contain viruses that are activated when the mail is opened. CRI/Voice, Institute and The Christian Resource Institute do not send unsolicited e-mail, nor do we communicate with users by e-mail unless they first contact the site. Any other e-mail that purports to come from CRI/Voice should be considered fraudulent and not opened nor previewed.