Beware of hurricane scammers

In the wake of natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, some bad guys are exploiting the generosity of strangers and catching them in online scams. Family Support Services’ IT Department has put together some tips to help all our families and employees remain secure online.

  • Facebook pages dedicated to victim relief may contain links to scam websites
  • Tweets with links to charitable websites soliciting donations may link to spam or malware infection
  • Phishing emails may appear in inboxes asking for donations to hurricane relief funds

Previous disasters have been used for scamming, so please take notice of any hurricane-related online activity in the weeks to come. If you want to make a donation, your safest bet is to go to the website of your choice and make a donation. Do not click on any links in emails or texts you receive. And whatever you see in the coming weeks about hurricane disaster relief, research the organization before donating. The following are some website that will help you verify that a charity is not a scam.

http://www.give.org/
https://www.charitynavigator.org/

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