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Weather-Related Catastrophe Scams

September 06, 2017


With severe weather around the nation, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, scammers are trying very hard to get your money in any way possible. Below is an email alert from a company used for alerts regarding scams, virus and malicious software. Please read and be aware. This is also the same way data breaches, viruses happen.


"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."


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 include links to scam sites or links that lead to a malware infection.
  • Phishing emails dropping in a user's inbox asking for donations to #HurricaneHarvey Relief Fund.

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. THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK.

Previous disasters have been exploited like this, and the bad guys are going at it again. Be wary of anything online covering the Hurricane Harvey, Irma, etc disasters in the following weeks.

Please feel free to forward this on to friends and family to alert them of this activity as it may keep them from being scammed.



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