There are potential email scams referring the earthquake in Nepal. The scam emails may contain links or attachments that may direct users to phishing or malware infected websites. It is common for phishing emails and websites requesting donations for fraudulent charitable organizations to appear after these types of natural disasters.
You can take some measures to protect yourself:
- Do not click on unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.
- Always keep your antivirus software up-to-date.
- Review the Federal Trade Commission’s Charity Checklist.
- Contact the organization directly to verify the legitimacy of the email through a trusted contact number. Trusted contact information can be found on the Better Business Bureau National Charity Report Index.
- Review Security Tip (ST04-014) on Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information on social engineering attacks.
“Nepal Earthquake Disaster Scams | US-CERT.” US-CERT. Department of Homeland Security, 30 Apr. 2015. Web. 06 May 2015.