WAR IN UKRAINE BRINGS OUT SCAMMERS TRYING TO EXPLOIT DONATIONS

WAR IN UKRAINE BRINGS OUT SCAMMERS TRYING TO EXPLOIT DONATIONS

The world has responded to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with an outpouring of support for the Ukrainian people. That hasn’t escaped the notice of scammers, who are all too willing to take advantage of people’s desire to help.

One scam email sports a logo in the blue and yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag. It asks for donations to a humanitarian organization in the form of US dollars and a handful of cryptocurrencies. Other bogus emails ask recipients to send money to help children or to buy weapons for the Ukrainian military.

Fake charity websites are popping up, too. Researchers at ESET, a Slovakia-based antivirus company, said they’d discovered a handful of sites using the colors of Ukraine’s flag and dramatic images of soldiers and explosions. The websites solicit “aid,” ESET said, but they don’t provide specifics as to how the money will be used.

Fake charity websites are popping up, too. Researchers at ESET, a Slovakia-based antivirus company, said they’d discovered a handful of sites using the colors of Ukraine’s flag and dramatic images of soldiers and explosions. The websites solicit “aid,” ESET said, but they don’t provide specifics as to how the money will be used.

In a sad commentary on humanity, the Ukraine-themed phishing emails and websites started showing up shortly after the Feb. 24 invasion that triggered one of Europe’s biggest humanitarian crises in years. In addition to the pleas for help, scammers also pretended to be rich Ukrainian businessmen looking to move money out of the country, a twist on the infamous Nigerian prince scam.

Security researchers say the scam activity is to be expected. Wars create all the emotional triggers, such as a sense of urgency, that scammers exploit as they try to separate people from their money.

SOURCE: cnet.com

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