Disaster Relief Scams
What do 9-11, the 2004 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina all have in common? These are all disasters, tragic events where people die, lose their loved ones, and horrible people who take advantage of it for monetary purposes. In times like these, good people pull together to help the survivors in any way they can, including online donations. Scammers set up fake charity websites and steal the money donated to the victims of disasters.
If your request for donation came via email, there is a chance of it being a phishing attempt. Do not click on the link in the email and volunteer your bank account or credit card information. Your best bet is to contact the recognized charitable organization directly by phone or their website. Sadly enough, over 10,000 good-hearted people who think they are really helping out those in need fall for this every year. These numbers obviously sky rocket in years where a natural disaster takes place.