As hurricane Dorian continues to makes its way along the coastline, leaving a trail of devastation, it is important to remember, it is not the only threat that people are facing. Unfortunately, cybercrimminals use Dorian and other disasters as a way to exploit people for personal gain.
In times of disaster, many individuals step up and provide food, supplies or volunteer their time to help those in need. For many cybercrimminals, this is the perfect opportunity to find new victims. From social media scams to "phishing" attempts to gain private personal data, cybercrimminals play on people to gain what they are looking for.
It it important that you know who you are donating to before you make your donation. If you see social media posts looking to gain donations through personal mobile payment apps, or wire transfers and not through a verified charity or federal aid organization, be very suspicious. There is good chance that these are not actual aid organizations, and are individuals looking to take advantage of you.
In addition, it is important to remember that many phishing emails and phone calls will attempt to be calling on behalf of an official disaster aid organization. Remember, these organizations will never ask you for personal banking information, social security numbers, or registration numbers.
Here are some things to consider when examining any requests that you receive.
Although these tips may not completely protect you, they can help to prevent you from falling victim to cyber attacks.
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