Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Scams In Wake Of Vegas Tragedy

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace issued a warning Tuesday regarding potential scams in the wake of Sunday’s deadly shootings in Las Vegas.

Gerace warned computer users to be watchful for “various malicious cyber activity targeting both victims and potential donors.”

The sheriff said those wishing to help through donation should exercise caution when handling emails that relate to the shootings in Las Vegas that left at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured.

Event-related phishing emails may attempt to trick users into sharing sensitive information, Gerace said. Scam emails could also contain links or attachments directing users to malware-infected websites.

Users should be wary of social media posts asking for money, calls, texts or donation websites, as well as door-to-door solicitations related to the tragedy.

In addition, Gerace released a list of tips to avoid being scammed. They include:

• being skeptical of emails or social media posts asking for money

• not responding to unsolicited email or click on links in the email

• only making donations with credit cards or checks made out to specific organizations

• not allowing someone to pressure you into making a donation

• making sure the charity is registered in your state

• checking the charities rating through a reputable website

• reviewing information through the Federal Trade Commission on Charity Giving, which also checks to make sure the charity is legitimate.

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