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Overview

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.

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