Monday, June 20, 2011

Beware of New Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Scams

Scammers have launched a brutal and merciless exploit of public interest and generosity with a wave of scams linked to the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Within minutes of the tragedy, they were posing as fundraisers seeking donations online and via email and phone solicitations, while fake news pages uploaded malware to unsuspicious victims' PCs.

In Facebook also scams are rocking, If you get a link to something like “Japanese Tsunami RAW Tidal Wave Footage’, don’t click it. It’s a scam. You may be tricked into “liking” the page and then taking a personal info harvesting survey, and then promoting the scam.

It is important to always to protect yourself:
* Do not follow unwanted web links or attachments in email messages.
* Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
* Verify the legitimacy of the email by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number.
* Pay attention to the URL of a website. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain (e.g., .com vs. .net).
* Take advantage of any anti-phishing features offered by your email client and web browser.

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