Credit Fraud Alert: Online Scams Pretending to Help Japan Quake Victims Increasing Identity Theft Risks

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Some cyber-thieves are posing as a donation website for the Japan earthquake disaster. This article in The Philippine Star says such sites use the names of global organizations like UNICEF and the Red Cross, asking people to deposit money to specified bank accounts. The article notes these fake sites “also ask for credit card information or urge people to send money via online payment methods like PayPal. The money, however, does not reach the charities and instead end up in the pockets of the scammers. These sites also ask for personal information, making everyone vulnerable to identity theft.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.