HEARTLESS scammers are taking advantage of the war in Ukraine to scam people out of money.
Kind donors have been warned to be extra careful about who they give money to after a surge in conflict-related websites.
Their ruthless actions deprive the Ukrainians of urgent aid.
Like many scams, they can range from shady websites and fake social media accounts to dubious text messages and calls.
The Sun has received reports of automated calls disguised as bank security checks claiming someone’s credit card had been used to donate hundreds of pounds to a charity supporting the relief efforts.
But actually it is a scammer trying to scare victims into giving away their banking details.
Criminals also like to impersonate real charities with increasingly convincing rip-off sites.
The Ukrainian Red Cross has already identified several fake sites Instagram.
“Only trust the official channels,” the charity said.
Fake Crisis Stories
Fraud protection expert Charlie Shakeshaft told The Sun scammers are also posing as individuals in crisis seeking help with a fake, heartbreaking story.
“The story is completely fabricated and the scammer is trying to fool a victim with an emotional hoax,” he said.
“This is particularly eerie as many people are actually living through this horrifying reality and using their nightmare to try and exploit kind-hearted victims is just plain evil.”
Crank up the “Nigerian Prince” scam
Another trick cyber criminals try is the classic Nigerian Prince scam.
In this case, they pose as a Ukrainian businessman who wants to protect his money from the crisis by transferring it out of the country.
The businessman needs someone to transfer the money to until he can leave Ukraine, where he will claim it back with a tip for anyone who offers to help.
“Once the bank details are exchanged, the scammer will steal the victim’s money and the victim will never see it again,” Shakeshaft said.
“A twist on the Nigerian prince scam we’ve become familiar with.”
“Be extra vigilant”
those of the United Kingdom National Center for Cybersecurity (NCSC) has warned donors to be vigilant.
“The NCSC is aware of the scams that are using the situation in Ukraine as a bait to scam British people who want to help,” a spokesman said.
“This is totally unfortunate and unfortunately typical of scammers who take advantage of current affairs to try to fool people.
“People should be particularly vigilant for suspicious emails or texts using current events and report them to the NCSC.”
Anyone wishing to donate should verify that they are being supported by a registered charity or a reputable organization such as The Ukraine Fund of the Sun.
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