Tragedy-Related Scams

Original release date: May 21, 2018

In the wake of the recent Texas school shooting, NCCIC advises users to watch out for possible malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on this tragic event. Users should exercise caution in handling emails related to the shooting, even if they appear to originate from trusted sources. Fraudulent emails often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from duplicitous charitable organizations are also common after tragic events. Be wary of fraudulent social media pleas, calls, texts, donation websites, and door-to-door solicitations relating to the event.

To avoid becoming a victim of fraudulent activity, NCCIC encourages users and administrators to review NCCIC’s Tips on Using Caution With Email Attachments and Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks as well as the Federal Trade Commission’s article on Before Giving to a Charity.


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