Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Scams

The information below is provided to you by Christine Figueroa, US DHS.
Subject: INFO-ALERT: Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Email Scams,
Fake Anitvirus and Phishing Attack Warning

US-CERT has issued an advisory warning users of potential email scams,

fake antivirus and phishing attacks regarding the Japan earthquake and

the tsunami disasters. Email scams may contain links or attachments

which may direct users to phishing or malware-laden websites. Fake

antivirus attacks may come in the form of pop-ups which flash security

warnings and ask the user for credit card information. Phishing emails

and websites requesting donations for bogus for charitable organizations

commonly appear after these types of natural disasters.

In order to avoid these types threats, the following is recommended:

1. Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages.

2. Maintain up-to-date antivirus software.

3. Review the Recognizing Fake Antivirus document for additional

information on recognizing fake antivirus:

4. Refer to the Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

document for additional information on social engineering attacks:

5. Refer to the Recognizing and Avoiding Email Scams (pdf) document for

additional information on avoiding email scams:

6. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s Charity Checklist:

7. Verify the legitimacy of the email by contacting the organization

directly through a trusted contact number. Trusted contact information

can be found on the Better Business Bureau National Charity Report


Warning: This document is UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (U//FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). It is to be controlled, stored, handled, transmitted, distributed, and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to FOUO information and is not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid “need-to-know” without prior approval of an authorized DHS official. State and local Homeland security officials may share this document with authorized critical infrastructure and key resources personnel and private sector security officials without further approval from DHS.


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