FACEBOOK ALERT - SCAMMERS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF JAPAN DISASTER
Once again, cybercriminals are using natural disasters to try and
trick Internet users into manmade scams. Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, phony donation requests and dangerous links started turning up designed to exploit consumer interest and concern. If you fall for them, you could have your money and credit card information stolen, as well as your identity.
Be on alert for these types of threats:
~Phony "donate" emails and websites --These spam emails may look like they are coming from a legitimate organization, such as the Red Cross and other relief groups, asking for donations to help victims of the disaster. They usually include a link that goes to a phony website that asks for your credit card details and other personal information.
You may also stumble across these dangerous sites while doing an Internet search for information on the earthquake.
~Malicious videos/images -- Scammers are spreading malicious links to "dramatic" videos of the disaster. When you search for news on the earthquake or tsunami, you may end up clicking on a link that actually downloads malware onto your computer or takes you to a phishing site that asks for personal information.
~Social media tricks -- Cybercrooks are also posting donation requests and links to malware on social networking sites such as Facebook.