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Threat Bulletin: Online Scammers Seeking to Exploit Haitian Earthquake

Symantec releases Threat Bulletin: online criminals are using Haiti earthquake to scam good Samaritans
  • 15 January, 2010 11:59

<p>Threat Bulletin: Online Scammers Seeking to Exploit Haitian Earthquake</p>
<p>Cyber-scammers are quick to prey on people’s emotions with bogus e-mails and phony Web sites devised to steal what should have been charitable donations. We’re already seeing online scams crop up around the Haitian earthquake including spam e-mails soliciting donations, and poisoned search results that can infect computers with malware. More information may be found here on the Symantec blog: http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/419-style-scammers-seeking-exploit-appeal-donations-support-victims-haitian-earthquake</p>
<p>Symantec Security experts urge computer users to follow best practices to help stay safe online, and ensure donations and support reach the victims of this catastrophe and not the scammers.</p>
<p>Best Practices:</p>
<p>When donating to a charity online, always remember:</p>
<p>Avoid clicking on suspicious links in email or IM messages as these may be links to spoofed Web sites. Symantec security experts suggest typing Web addresses, such as those from a charitable organisation, directly into the browser rather than clicking on links within messages.</p>
<p>Never fill out forms in messages that ask for personal or financial information or passwords. A reputable charitable organisation is unlikely to ask for your personal details via e-mail. When in doubt, contact the organisation in question via an independent, trusted mechanism, such as a verified telephone number, or a known Internet address that you type into a new browser window (do not click or cut and paste from a link in the message).</p>
<p>Do let us know if you would like to speak to one of our security experts about how these scams work and what can be done to avoid them.</p>
<p>Media Contact:</p>
<p>Jasmin Athwal</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
<p>+61 2 9954 3492</p>
<p>Jasmin.Athwal@maxaustralia.com.au</p>

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