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Hurricane Harvey Charity Scams

Posted on: August 28th, 2017 by Administrator No Comments

Hurricane Harvey hit hard and especially Houston, TX got badly flooded. The death toll is rising and you can also count on low-life cyber-scum exploiting this disaster.

Disgusting.

Scammers are now using the Hurricane Harvey disaster to trick people into clicking links on Facebook, Twitter and phishing emails trying to solicit charitable giving for the flood victims.

Here are some examples:

  • Facebook pages dedicated to victim relief contain links to scam websites.
  • Tweets are going out with links to charitable websites soliciting donations, but in reality, the links go to scam sites or lead to a malware infection.
  • Phishing emails in your inbox asking for donations to #HurricaneHarvey Relief Fund.

Previous disasters have been exploited like this, and the scammers are at it again will guns blazing. Be wary of anything online covering the Hurricane Harvey disaster in the following weeks.

“Heads-up! Bad guys are exploiting the Hurricane Harvey disaster. There are fake Facebook pages, tweets are going out with fake charity websites, and phishing emails are sent out asking for donations to #HurricaneHarvey Relief Funds that they keep for themselves. 

Don’t fall for any scams. If you want to make a donation, go to the website of the charity of your choice and make a donation. Type the address in your browser or use a bookmark. Do not click on any links in emails or text you might get.  Even if you receive emails from “trusted” sources, the scams and malware are already out there, so don’t trust them.

Whatever you see in the coming weeks about Hurricane Harvey disaster relief… THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK.

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