Fraudulent site capitalizing on relief efforts of hurricane Katrina
The FBI is seeing an
influx of websites soliciting for charitable donations to aid the victims of the
latest natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina.
Consistent with previous guidance on incidents of phishing/spoofing and identity
Theft, when considering on-line options for providing funding to this relief effort,
consumers should consider the following:
- Do not respond to any unsolicited (spam) incoming e-mails.
- To ensure contributions to U.S. based non-profit organizations are used for intended
purposes, go directly to recognized charities and aid organization's websites, as
opposed to following a link to another site.
- Attempt to verify the legitimacy of non-profit organizations by utilizing various
Internet-based resources which may assist in confirming the existence of the organization,
as well as its non-profit status.
- Be leery of e-mails claiming to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached
files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
Several variations of this scam are currently in circulation. Be aware, scammers
will attempt to capitalize on the popularity of the relief efforts along the Gulf
If you have received a fraud, or similar e-mail, please file a complaint at