Hurricane Rita Scams ALREADY!
Last Updated: 2005-09-23 19:00:03 UTC
by Ed Skoudis (Version: 4)
Sadly, Hurricane Rita charity scams have already started. Several handlers at the ISC, including Tom Liston and Johannes Ullrich, are working with others, such as US-CERT, on coming up with lists of scam sites.
Watch the diary over the next few days for such a list. Also, if you find a bogus-looking "charity", feel free to report it to us at email@example.com or to US-CERT at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, you may want to check out our collaborative reporting system to help sort out bogus sites posing as hurricane charities.
Due to an initiative born from the 'mwp' list, a number of domain name registrars, anti-phishing, anti-spam groups and national CERTS are working together to have these sites closed down as fast as possible.
The RedCross has set up a special email address for reporting suspicious sites email@example.com
Also, here is a current list of the RedCross's official donation sites:
You can of course just go to
http://www.redcross.org as the starting page if you wish to give to the
American Red Cross. That is probably the safest method.