The 9th Soul

Scammers Riding the Gustav Wave

Posted in internet news, weather by Fated Blue on September 2, 2008

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ruphus13 sends in a sad tale of online scammers hoping to reap rewards from the misery in Gustav’s wake. They have been busy registering likely-sounding domains and setting up phishing attacks and other ruses. While not all the domains were malicious in intent, several of them were listed on eBay for sale. Donors beware. From the article:
“Nearly 100 domains related to Hurricane Gustav have been registered in the past 48 hours, security experts said Sunday, some of which may be used by bogus charity and relief scams after the storm strikes the US Gulf Coast. According to television station KTAL in Shreveport, LA, the office of Louisiana’s Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has warned residents of Gustav phishing attacks already in progress … numerous domains containing the word ‘gustav,’ ‘charity,’ ‘hurricane,’ and ‘relief’ had been recently registered.”

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