More than 7,000 people dead and counting. And you can also count on cyber-criminals exploiting the disaster. What else is new. Disgusting.
Scammers are now using the Nepal disaster to trick people in clicking on links, both on Facebook, Twitter and phishing emails trying to solicit charitable giving for the earthquake victims. Here are some examples:
- Facebook pages dedicated to victim relief contain links to scam websites.
- Tweets are going out with links to charitable websites soliciting donations, but in reality included spam links or links that lead to a malware infection.
- Phishing emails dropping in a user’s inbox asking for donations to the Nepal Earthquake Fund.
Previous disasters have been exploited like this, but the bad guys are going at it again will all guns blazing. Be wary of anything that is about the Nepal Earthquake in the following weeks.
Please warn your employees, friends and family against this scam of the week. If you want to make a donation, go to the website of the charity of your choice and make a donation. Type the address in your browser, do not click on any links in emails or text you might get. THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK.
Here is the FBI alert about this scam. It might be a good idea to send this link to all employees, an FBI alert usually has a bit more impact.