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Scam of the Month: Potential Hurricane Harvey Scams

Whenever disaster strikes, there will be unscrupulous people looking to capitalize on it. The recent flooding in Texas is, unfortunately, no exception. Both Time.com and the Department of Homeland Security caution against phishing scams that may play on our sympathy for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

The DHS recommends the following precautions:

  • Review the Federal Trade Commission's information on Wise Giving in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey.
  • Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages or social media posts.
  • Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the US-CERT Tip Using Caution with Email Attachments for more information on safely handling email attachments.
  • Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index.
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