Scam of the Week

SCAM: Nepal Earthquake

By May 7, 2015 No Comments
More than 7,000 people dead and counting. And you can also count on cyber-criminals exploiting the disaster. What else is new. Disgusting. Scammers are now using the Nepal disaster to trick people in clicking on links, both on Facebook, Twitter and phishing emails trying to solicit charitable giving for the earthquake victims. It is typical of past disaster fraud scams in which the scammers play on the heartstrings of people that want to help the 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 included spam links or links that lead to a malware infection.
  • Phishing emails dropping in a user’s inbox asking for donations to the Nepal Earthquake Fund.
Previous disasters have been exploited like this, but the bad guys are going at it again will all guns blazing. Be wary of anything that is about the Nepal Earthquake in the following weeks. Please warn your employees, friends and family against this scam of the week. 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, do not click on any links in emails or text you might get. THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK. Here is the FBI alert about this scam. It might be a good idea to send this link to all employees, an FBI alert usually has a bit more impact. http://www.fbi.gov/sandiego/press-releases/2015/fbi-warns-public-of-disaster-scams
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Richard has been interested in the computer industry since high school and has worked in the field for the last 30 years. Richard has been a lead consultant for SecureNation for three years and he excels at quickly understanding new technologies and how they interact with existing installations. Richard is a native of Baton Rouge.

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