US CERT Warns of Potential Hurricane Harvey Phishing Scams

Be wary of malicious emails purportedly tied to the storm, officials say.



Phishing emails related to Hurricane Harvey may land in user inboxes as the now-tropical storm cuts a path of destruction across Texas, the US-CERT warned today.

US-CERT is advising users to remain cautious when receiving unsolicited emails with attachments or links purporting to be related to the Hurricane Harvey disaster, which has killed at least five people to date.

Bogus emails requesting donations from trumped-up charities are typically circulated following major disasters, with the links and attachments containing malware, US-CERT warns.

Users are advised to take such steps as directly contacting the charity in question by calling them, or assessing their legitimacy via the Better Business Bureau's National Charity Report Index.

Read more about Hurricane Harvey phishing scams here.

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