4 May 2015

You are warned to look out for scam emails seeking donations for Nepal earthquake relief or other humanitarian causes around the world.

These emails may include links directing you to phishing or malware-infected websites where criminals can steal your personal or financial details. These messages may also include malware-infected attachments. If you click on any links or open any attachments in these emails, or download any files from the fraudulent websites, you may leave yourself open to identity theft or financial loss.

US-CERT has issued a similar Alert. Always maintain up-to-date antivirus software. If you want to donate to a cause, visit the legitimate websites of the charities or government organisations involved directly through your internet browser. You should also cross-check the legitimacy of any emails with any organisation whose logo or contact details are used in the message. 

You should also be wary of unsolicited phone calls seeking your financial details for earthquake relief contributions or other causes or reasons.

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This information has been prepared by Enex TestLab for the Department of Communications ('the Department'). It was accurate and up to date at the time of publishing.

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