August 2016 - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an alert on scams that cite the recent flood disaster in Louisiana.
What to Know:
- These charity scams take many forms, including emails containing links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites.
- Donation requests from fraudulent charitable organizations commonly appear after major national disasters.
What to Do:
- Review the FTC alert and its information on Charity Scams.
- Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.
- Keep antivirus and other computer software up-to-date.
- Check this Better Business Bureau (BBB) list for helping Louisiana flood victims before making any donations to this cause.
- Verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number. You can find trusted contact information for many charities on the BBB National Charity Report Index.
- Refer to Security Tip ST04-014 – Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks – for more information on social engineering attacks.
- For Key clients or businesses, if you responded to a suspicious email of this nature and provided any information about your KeyBank account, immediately contact Key’s Fraud & Disputes Hotline at 800-433-0124.
This material is presented for informational purposes only and should not be construed as individual advice.
KeyBank does not provide legal advice.