The FBI issued on Thursday a warning about e-mails offering bogus online fundraising to help victims of the devastating quake in Haiti, which left thousands of people dead. Haiti Earthquake (video)
In a press release, the FBI warns internet users that “past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause.”
“The FBI today reminds Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of Tuesday’s earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to those requests,” the statement reads.
The bureau recommends being skeptical about individuals who say they were victims of the quake and requesting financial assistance in incoming spam e-mails and social networks. It also urges to make contributions only to well-known charity organizations and to avoid disclosing personal or financial information.