Protect Yourself Against Louisiana Flood Disaster Scams
Before you send money to charities helping Louisiana’s flood victims, make sure the charity is not a scam.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a federal alert Wednesday, reminding citizens to be vigilant when making donations.
The alert said that while it is common for a charity to send emails asking for donations after a natural disaster, some may contain links or attachments that send users to phishing or malware-infected websites.
The DHS Computer Emergency Readiness Team advised potential donors to take the following actions to protect themselves:
- Review the FTC alert and its information on Charity Scams.
- Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.
- Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
- Check this Better Business Bureau (BBB) list for helping Louisiana flood victims before making any donations to this cause.
- Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index.
- Refer to Security Tip ST04-014 – Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks – for more information on social engineering attacks.
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