Beware Fake Japan Charities & Malware: Likejacking & Scams
Fake 'Japanese Tsunami RAW Tidal Wave Footage' Likejacking Scam
The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan have led to a predictable spike in Facebook scams. If you get a link to something like "Japanese Tsunami RAW Tidal Wave Footage', don't click it. It's a scam. You may be tricked into "liking" the page and then taking a personal-info-harvesting survey, and then propagating the scam. The term for this is likejacking. Several of my friends have fallen prey. Don't get pwned.
Scammers Take Advantage of Japan Earthquake & Tsunami
As was the case with the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, scammers have taken advantage of public generosity in the wake of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Email inboxes are getting flooded with come-ons ranging from blatant 419 scams to legit-seeming appeals for money. Websites are set up with "Japan", "earthquake", and/or "tsunami" in their URLs and then loaded with malware, so you end up getting screwed.
Even though Google and Bing try to eliminate the scammy crap from their indexing, these fake and malicious sites are multiplying like rabbits with tiger blood.
Symantec has a growing list of example fake URLs and emails. In fact, we suggest summarily deleting any unsolicited donation requests. If you want to help Japan, check out these Japan earthquake &tsunami relief donation resources. They're legit.
"What's surprising this time is how quickly they picked up on the news," said Chet Wisniewski, a security researcher with Sophos. "We knew [scams] were coming, but they started appearing in record-breaking time, less than three hours after the earthquake."