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Nepal Earthquake Scams (updated)

posted Apr 28, 2015, 10:34 AM by Craig Cox   [ updated May 6, 2015, 7:32 AM ]
The Internet Storm Center reports that fake charity domains are being set up to defraud people who want to contribute to help Nepalese earthquake victims.  If you are moved to make such a contribution, please remember to donate to established charities that you already know, and not to event-specific charities.

The ISC article points to a government web site listing legitimate charities.

Please remember that this kind of thing can happen with any major catastrophe making headlines.  Scammers follow any opportunity, no matter how unconscionable it is.  That's why they're the bad guys.

Update:  We have also received warning that similar scams are circulating about the civil unrest in Baltimore.  In this case, the link doesn't go to a charity site, but rather downloads malicious software (malware).  The common thread is that the scammers are manipulating victims' deep feelings about current events to get around their common sense.  Just being aware of the tactic should help you avoid trouble.