Following the recent Hamas terror massacre in Israel, there has been a global surge in donations to charities to help people impacted by the war – and scammers are looking to take advantage, the New Jersey Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Cell is warning Garden State residents.
Cybercriminals often seek to exploit the compassion and generosity of the public by soliciting donations for bogus charities to help the victims of attacks and natural disasters, the NJCCIC, a component organization within the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, said in its warning.
Scammers may contact you via email, text message, phone, or private messages on social media. They may impersonate reputable organizations and convey a sense of heightened urgency.
For example, a scam email may appear to come from a trusted charity and ask you to click a link that collects your sensitive information and credit card details.
Residents are asked to protect themselves by exercising caution when clicking links or providing sensitive information, such as financial details, to unverified charities. Verify the legitimacy of the charity by searching for it online, rather than using a link sent to you.
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