Nepal Earthquake Scam
CyberCriminals will use anything and everything to try to lure people into becoming victims.
The devastating earthquake that took place in Nepal is no exception.
More than 5,000 people dead and counting.
And you can also count on CyberCriminals to exploit the human suffering.
CyberCriminals are using the Nepal disaster to lure people into clicking on links, both on Facebook and Twitter.
They are also sending phishing emails trying to solicit “charitable giving” for the earthquake.
1. Facebook pages dedicated to Nepal earthquake victim relief.
These pages actually contain links to scam websites.
2. Tweets going out with links they state are for “charitable websites soliciting donations”.
In reality, these links result in your computer being infected with malware.
3. Phishing emails asking for donations to the Nepal Earthquake Fund.
4. Fake charity website donation pages to trick people into sending them money, thinking they are making charitable donations that will help the people of Nepal.
One example of a fake donation page is: www.savenepagl.org. This is a copy of the website www.actionaid.org.uk, which is a legitimate charity organization currently accepting donations to help the people of Nepal. (Note: I have purposely not provided the link to the fake donation page. I have provided the link for the legitimate charity organization)
Previous disasters have been exploited like this, but CyberCriminals are pulling out all the stops on this one.
Be very cautious of anything about the Nepal Earthquake in the following weeks.
Please warn your employees, coworkers, friends and family about these scams.
If you wish to make a donation for victims of the Nepal Earthquake:
1. 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, texts, or tweets you might get.
They can tell you different ways you can donate to the Nepal Region Earthquake Fund.
**Note: the Government of Canada will match eligible donations made to Nepal Region Earthquake
Fund made through the Canadian Red Cross.
You can’t stop CyberCriminals from targeting you.
But you can be prepared for their arrival, and have full shields up.