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Original release date: September 30, 2022

CISA warns users to remain on alert for malicious cyber activity targeting potential disaster victims and charitable donors following a hurricane. Fraudulent emails—often containing malicious links or attachments—are common after major natural disasters. Exercise caution in handling emails with hurricane-related subject lines, attachments, or hyperlinks. In addition, be wary of social media pleas, texts, or door-to-door solicitations relating to severe weather events. 

To avoid becoming victims of malicious activity, users and administrators should review the following resources and take preventative measures. 

Staying Alert to Disaster-related Scams 

Before Giving to a Charity 

Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites  

Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks 

Using Caution with Email Attachments 

If you believe you have been a victim of cybercrime, file a complaint with Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) at 

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