Earthquake Strikes and Cybercriminals Follow
By Dr. Jane LeClair
It never fails that when disaster strikes someplace in the world, often before the dust even settles or the waters recede, scammers are hard at work pleading for your money to help those in desperate need. It is only human nature to want to help those who are undergoing tremendous tragedy, and apparently only natural to prey on those that want to help.
A case in point is the ongoing crisis in Nepal where over 5,000 people are now reported dead from the earthquake, tens of thousands homeless, livelihood’s destroyed, and no doubt many, many orphans left helpless. As this tragedy continues to unfold, scammers are hard at work already, setting up bogus links and websites to get the unsuspecting to donate money to the pockets of these heartless criminals. Be wary of Facebook please, tweets and phishing emails seeking your help.
The advice is always the same – First, never ever click on a link you aren’t sure of because it will direct you to a place you don’t want to go to and ‘bad’ things will quickly happen to your machine. Second, if you are going to contribute . . . and we all want to do our part . . . do so through a ‘known’ charity such as the Red Cross, AmeriCares, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Direct Relief, GlobalGiving, International Relief Teams, Operation USA, Save the Children, World Help, and UNICEF. Do your part, but beware the scammers!
Look for other tips on cybersecurity at the National Cybersecurity Institute.
Goyette, J. (2015). How to help Nepal: 7 vetted charities doing relief work following the earthquake Retrieved from the Internet at http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-04-25/how-help-nepal-7-vetted-charities-doing-relief-work-following-earthquake