Hurricane Gustav and Phishing Scams

September 1, 2008

Due to the current situation involving Hurricane Gustav, email users should remain aware and  cautious when receiving unsolicited email that could be a potential phishing scam.

Phishing scams may appear as requests for donations from a charitable organization asking users to click on a link that will take them to a fraudulent website that appears to be a legitimate charity.

The users are then asked to provide personal information that can further expose them to future compromises.

Users are encouraged to take the following measures to protect themselves from this type of phishing scam:

  • Do not follow unsolicited web links received in email messages.
  • Verify the legitimacy of the email by contacting the organisation directly through a trusted contact number.
  • If you do receive an E-mail message that proves to be a Phishing scam, you should report the message to the company that the message claims to be from and also report it to your email provider.