Disaster Relief Scams: Don’t Become a Victim Yourself

Disaster Relief Scams are on the rise as of late due in part to recent tragedies in the world, such as the typhoon in Philippines and tsunami in Japan. These tragic events bring about two types of people: those who want to donate and help, and those who are looking to exploit the tragedy for their own personal gains. The latter consist of scammers who set up fake charity websites that end up stealing money donated to the victims of disasters. They might send you an email linking you to a webpage that looks legitimate, but in reality is anything but.

If there is a request for a donation via email, there is also a strong chance that it’s a phishing attempt as well. Never click on a link in any email that’s sent from an unverified source, nor should you volunteer your bank account or credit card information to an uncredited charity website. Steer clear of sites like that, and if you do want to donate, then you should contact a legitimate charity such as the Red Cross. There are many other reputable charities out there, it’s just a matter of doing the research beforehand to find out which ones they are.

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