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PSA: Follow these tips to avoid charity scams in the wake of Hurricane Florence

As North and South Carolina and the rest of America wait for Hurricane Florence to make landfall, we want to share a few security tips with our community members. 


We talked with @RAbrams about what to be on the lookout for during a natural disaster and he had this to say: 


Natural disasters are natural phishing bait. While greed and fear are strong emotions to exploit, perhaps compassion is the strongest of all. The most common post-natural disaster phishing attacks use social engineering attacks to exploit this emotion by claiming to be seeking money to help the victims of a natural disaster. The victim of the phish will never know that the money did not go to a charity, and the victims of the disaster will not receive the benefits of your compassion and generosity. Here are a few tips.


  • Before donating to a charity look up the charitable organization at
  • Do not click on links in an email request for charity. They may take you to fake websites that look legitimate but are not
  • Many charities are on Facebook. There will almost certainly be posts that indicate where to donate.
  • Look at the actual email address from the sender. A legitimate email from a charity is not likely to contain a person’s name in the from field.
  • Be especially cautious of requests to send an SMS code to donate.

If you have any helpful tips to share, please do so below and stay safe. 





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