A Department of Homeland Security agency is warning Americans to keep their eye out for cyber criminals using extreme-weather scams to steal money.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued the warning May 30, just as the 2019 hurricane season is inching closer. The agency said phony emails typically emerge after major natural disasters and have links or attachments that send the recipient to malicious websites.
“Users should exercise caution in handling any email with a hurricane-related subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks,” CISA said. “In addition, users should be wary of social media pleas, texts, or door-to-door solicitations relating to severe weather events.
CISA advised that those who have fallen prey to cyber crooks already should file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.