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Floodwaters, phishing scams rise as Hurricane Harvey hammers South Texas - SC Magazine

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Scammers go phishing in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

With much of South Texas ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, scammers have blown in to flood social media and email with phishing scams and spoofed Facebook accounts aimed at separating good Samaritans from money intended to help victims of the storm.

“As the tragic events unfold in Southeast Texas, the dark side of the Internet is already coming to life with a wide variety of online scams to trick global web surfers,” Dan Lohrmann, chief security officer at Security Mentor, said. “While there are many good causes that need our immediate support, there have already been reports of both hurricane victims and potential donors receiving misleading information that is attempting to deceive. Sadly, both Texans in trouble and those who want to give from around the world, are falling for relief effort scams.”

Not surprisingly, as in the aftermath of any disaster, many cybercriminals have gone phishing – manipulating users to click on...(continued)

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