Nepal Earthquake Donations
How the scam works:
(with video below) Requests for charity donations are so common nowadays that they could happen anywhere. This is a truly horrible scam. The crooks come with collection boxes, especially in pubs (where they take advantage of people being tipsy), or even move door to door, selling their emotional stories. It is reported that some scammers even leave bags at people’s doors, with a flyer advertising the charity, using either a tragedy that happened in your city or a worldwide calamity (latest is the Nepal Earthquake, but in the past scammers were using the Oklahoma Tornado, Boston Marathon, Hurricane Sandy, Japanese Tsunami, Chilean earthquake, Katrina, etc).
On the other hand, there are a lot of phishing scams online. After the recent earthquake in Nepal, criminals created fake websites and posted bogus pictures or videos meant to open your heart. Once you click on the links, you'll be invited to submit your personal info or money that doesn't necessary end up in the right hands.
Watch the video below to see a building collapsing during the earthquake (video which has been used by scammers to lure people in):
After the Nepal catastrophe, cybercriminals began spreading malware through email. The emails included a link that claimed to have video footage of the inside job. Subject lines included titles such as “Earthquake Takes Down Building” “Video of Earthquake in Nepal”, or “Aftermath to Nepal Earthquake”.