US-CERT and the FTC have both issued alerts on email scams that cite the recent earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan. The scam emails may contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Donation requests from fraudulent charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters.
Take the following measures to protect yourself from these scams:
- Review the FTC alert and their information on Charity Scams.
- Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.
- Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
- Check this Better Business Bureau (BBB) list for Ecuador Earthquake Relief before making any donations to this cause.