Guest Post: Scammers Create Fake Donation Sites To Take Advantage Of Consumers During Crisis

By Hank Schless, Senior Manager of Security Solutions at Lookout

During times of turmoil the best of humanity comes out as people show their support through donations. In fact, 56% of Americans donated to charity in 2021. Oftentimes, the easiest way to donate is online through organizations. Unfortunately, scammers take advantage of others’ kindness and create fake websites claiming to be accepting donations. 

It is often difficult for people to distinguish between a legitimate site and a fake one. Security experts from Lookout, the leader in delivering integrated Security, Privacy, and Identity Theft Protection solutions, identified the below scams regarding donations for the crisis in the Ukraine.  

Scam 1: The below is a phishing example where scammers have created a fake copy of the official Ukrainian Government website. The scammer added a “Donate Fund” button with Bitcoin, Ethereum and U.S. Dollar payment options. 

Scam 2: The below is a fake website that was created for “Ukraine Appeal” that targets people to try and trick them into believing it is a legitimate donation site.

Lookout helps protect your digital information at every level – from the device you hold, to the apps and online services you use and the networks you connect to. Lookout also continuously monitors the internet to ensure what matters to you the most – such as social security and credit card numbers – aren’t exposed. And if anything happens, Lookout’s team of experts and a $1 million identity theft insurance policy are here to back you up.

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