Cybersecurity experts warn of Hurricane Ian donation scams


Many Floridians want to donate to help Hurricane Ian victims, and security experts are reminding consumers of the warning signs of fake donation scams.

“The devastation is 100%,” Kathleen Morales told WPTV.

Morales, who lives in West Palm Beach, loaded his car with blankets, cleaning supplies and clothing for Hurricane Ian victims on Wednesday morning.

“It’s just amazing to me how much pain everyone is going through,” Morales said.

It’s been a week since Hurricane Ian ripped through Fort Myers and Morales wanted to help, without giving any financial information.

Kathleen Morales donates items in lieu of money to help Hurricane Ian victims.

So she decided to donate items instead of money.

“The first thing about donating is knowing who you’re dealing with,” Ian Marlow told WPTV.

Marlow is the CEO of cybersecurity firm FiTechGelb. He said giving money in times of crisis is perfectly acceptable, but you just have to be careful.

“The funny thing is, the scams are always the same. So it’s the emails that come straight to your inbox that say click here and donate,” Marlow said. text that come randomly from people you don’t know.

Ian Marlow, CEO of cybersecurity firm FiTechGelb, says you should research charities before...
Ian Marlow, CEO of cybersecurity firm FiTechGelb, says you should research charities before donating.

So if you’re considering donating money to Hurricane Ian relief efforts online, always research charities before donating.

Cybersecurity experts said to avoid pushy lawyers who claim to have urgent deadlines, don’t click on any suspicious links, use a credit card when donating for extra protections, and consider making a donate to a well-established charity.

You can also research charities to see if they are legit to charitynavigator.org.

“It’s a little more work, but at the end of the day, we know we’re helping people,” Marlow said.

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