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Hurricane Rita Scams ALREADY!

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 or to US-CERT at

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

Also, here is a current list of the RedCross's official donation sites:

You can of course just go to as the starting page if you wish to give to the
American Red Cross. That is probably the safest method.


57 Posts
Sep 23rd 2005

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