Hackers Exploit Hurricane Tragedies for Their Gain

Exploiting Hurricane Victims for a Big Payday

As much as I would like to say this is a new trend, I can’t.  Hackers have been exploiting tragedies for years for their own gain.  Whether it was fake funding accounts for mass shooting victims or tributes to fallen pop stars, it doesn’t matter.  If they see a way to exploit a tragedy, they will.

This is exactly what is happening today with hurricane relief efforts for both Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Matthew victims.  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a formal warning regarding scammers publishing fake websites vaguely claiming to support hurricane relief efforts.  However, there is no real intention to share the collected funds with victims, or first responders.

If you opt to donate, regardless of the cause, it is important you do the following:

The FTC states, if you feel you donated to a sham charity, report it to them at ftc.gov/complaint.

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