National Cyber Awareness System:
Nepal Earthquake Disaster Email Scams
04/30/2015 09:01 AM EDT
Original release date: April 30, 2015
US-CERT would like to warn users of potential email scams regarding the earthquake in Nepal. The scam emails may contain links or attachments
that may direct users to phishing or malware infected websites. Phishing emails and websites requesting donations for fraudulent charitable
organizations commonly appear after these types of natural disasters.
US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves:
- Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.
- Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.
- Review the Federal Trade Commission’s Charity Checklist.
- Verify the legitimacy of the email by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. Trusted contact
information can be found on the Better Business Bureau National Charity Report Index.
- Refer to the Security Tip (ST04-014) on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing
Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks.
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