NTXIF 2024

Beware: Disasters breed scammers

by | Aug 30, 2017 | Latest

Along with a disaster, come scammers and Hurricane Harvey that struck the Texas coast is no different.

The scams come in the form of unsolicited email and social media posts purporting to be for the benefit of hurricane victims.

While people want to help, they should remember to use caution when opening email and viewing social media posts. The best way to contribute to the relief effort is to type the organization’s web address directly into a browser, or use an existing favorite/bookmark line.

Some helpful points on email:

  • Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
  • 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.  Copy into your browser:   https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-010
  • Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
  • Refer to the “Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks” for more information on social engineering attacks. Copy into your browser:   https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST04-014
  • Review the Federal Trade Commission information on “Charity Scams”. Copy this into your browser:   https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0011-charity-scams
  • 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”. Copy into your browser: http://give.org/charity-reviews/national

Things to look out for on Social Media:

  • Facebook pages dedicated to victim relief contain links to scam websites.
  • Tweets are going out with links to charitable websites soliciting donations, but in reality include links to scam sites or links that lead to a malware infection.
Subscribe RH Love

0 Comments

Order photos

Related News

City public works director highlights projects, more

City public works director highlights projects, more

East Fork Rotary Club hosts speaker at weekly luncheon Wylie’s Director of Public Works Tommy Weir spoke to East Fork Rotary Club members last week, highlighting the department’s responsibilities, his career journey and some projects currently underway. Weir, the...

read more
CTE program highlighted this month

CTE program highlighted this month

February is CTE Month, a national public awareness campaign that highlights the value and achievements of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. “It’s an opportunity to showcase our programs and to continue to educate the community about the things we are...

read more
Mental health court called a lifeline

Mental health court called a lifeline

A graduate of Collin County’s new Adult Mental Health Court said the program allowed them to “break free from the cycle of despair and embrace a fresh start in life.” The court recently graduated its first participants, offenders with mental health issues diverted...

read more
New law targets human traffickers

New law targets human traffickers

A new state law has significantly increased punishment for human traffickers. Senate Bill 4 was approved by the state Legislature during the third special session in October 2023 and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in December. The new law, which went into effect Feb. 6,...

read more
WISD plans to change Texas Education Code

WISD plans to change Texas Education Code

Superintendent David Vinson discussed an ambitious new effort at Wylie ISD’s regular board of trustees meeting Monday, Feb. 26. Vinson wants WISD to be the lead district in a coalition to “rework” Chapter 37, the Texas Education Code on student discipline management....

read more
AR-15-style rifle fired during domestic dispute

AR-15-style rifle fired during domestic dispute

A domestic dispute led to multiple shots fired from an AR-15-style firearm at a Wylie residence earlier this month, according to a statement from Wylie Police. Police responded to a domestic disturbance at approximately 8:58 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18. While en route to the...

read more
Theft, fraud crimes up in 2023

Theft, fraud crimes up in 2023

Inflation rates not only continued to affect prices for everyday necessities in Texas last year, but they can also be reflected in crime stats in communities. And the city of Wylie was not immune to this trend. Wylie Police Chief Anthony Henderson said “he believes...

read more
Taste of Soul event draws crowds

Taste of Soul event draws crowds

Wylie’s first soul food showdown celebrated culture and history with imaginative and flavorful foods prepared by participants of all ages. The inaugural Taste of Soul event Saturday, Feb. 17, was held at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship Church in Wylie. The well-attended...

read more
Order photos