Cyber Criminals are now exploiting the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy. Beware of PHISHING emails and Phone Calls asking you to donate money to help the victims of this Orlando Tragedy.
Before you give your money do some research and check to see if the fundraiser is a legitimate nonprofit or 501(c)3. Here are some tips from Charity Navigator a watch dog group who keeps tabs on fund raising in Florida:
- Remember, a victim isn’t going to know your personal email address to send you a direct appeal for help. This happens after every tragedy and sadly, some people, giving from their heart, don’t stop to think before they click on an email and give their personal financial information.
- Think twice about donating to a victim on a crowdfunding site. While these sites provide instant gratification to donors who want to respond quickly, there is little to no vetting happening on these giving platforms, making them a very risky way to donate . The only exception is if you personally know the person behind the appeal for support.
- Be careful about giving to brand new charities that spring into existence. Even well-meaning new organizations will not have the infrastructure and knowledge of the region to efficiently maximize your gift. There is also a risk that the new group might in fact be a scam .
- You may also want to consider other ways to help , such as donating blood, signing up to get trained as a disaster volunteer, volunteering your time, or donating to a charity in your local community.
- Be suspicious if a caller or email thanks you for making a pledge that you did not make. If you have any doubt check your records.
“Be Cyber Wiser” Think before you click.