When we hear about a disaster like the earthquake in Japan
today, most of us try to think of ways we can help. But some cybercriminals try
to think of ways they can take advantage of online givers to steal money and
personal information. Here are a few ways you can donate
Tips to help avoid online donation scams
Donate to a known organization, such as the Red
Cross. If you want your donation to go to disaster relief in Japan,
use the Donate
Check that a disaster relief website is secure in the same way
that you do before you shop online. For more information, see 6 rules
for safer transactions online.
Do not respond to unsolicited requests for
donations. For more information, see How
to recognize phishing emails and links.
Do not click links in email. Instead, type the URL
directly into your browser. Be careful that you are typing the correct address.
Some scammers will take advantage of typos. For more information, see Protect
yourself from cybersquatting and fake web addresses.
Use an email program with a strong spam filter,
such as Microsoft
Outlook or Hotmail.
For more advice, see Donation
For more information about how to avoid other kinds of online
fraud, see Email
and web scams: How to help protect yourself.
Microsoft is actively updating news and disaster resources, including Bing Maps on the Microsoft Corporate Citizenship page.