The disaster in Houston, as terrible as it is, provides an opportunity for scammers to exploit the situation.
Please be aware, scammers are now using the Hurricane Harvey disaster to trick people into clicking on links on Facebook, Twitter, and phishing e-mails 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 include links to scam sites or links that lead to a malware infection.
- Phishing e-mails dropping in a user’s inbox asking for donations to #HurricaneHarvey Relief Fund.
Previous disasters have been exploited like this; be wary of anything online covering the Hurricane Harvey disaster in the following weeks. If you want to donate, 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 e-mails or texts you might receive.
The victims in Texas need our thoughts and prayers and, while unfortunate, the reality is that scammers are out there being more than just a nuisance.