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Tragic-Event-Related Scams Advisory

Threat Level: Medium
Threat Type: Phishing / Malware
Advisory Date: 07/04/2019

Description

In the wake of tragic events (Earth Quakes, Hurricanes, etc.), please be aware of the need to be watchful for various malicious cyber activity targeting both victims and potential donors. Users should exercise caution when handling emails that relate to the event, even if those emails appear to originate from trusted sources. 

Impact

Event-related phishing emails may trick users into sharing sensitive information. Such emails could also contain links or attachments directing users to malware-infected websites. In addition, users should be wary of social media pleas, calls, texts, fraudulent donation websites, and door-to-door solicitations relating to the recent tragic event.

Donations or user credentials may be stolen.

Resolution

To avoid becoming victims of fraudulent activity, users and administrators should consider taking the following preventive measures:

Resources

Please review the external resources provided with respect to event related scams: