Using A Charity As A Method Of Attack

What feels better than being able to help someone else? Sure, this can be a cynical world sometimes, but when you take a look at it, there are more good times than there are bad. This can be especially seen when people start to give to charity. Most people consider charity to be one of the noblest things that a person can do. While it is easy to help people that you know and that you care for, it is a lot harder to be able to reach out an extend help to people that you have never ever met before. You may never ever get the gratitude that you deserve but you can rest easily knowing that you were responsible for helping someone else in the world.


But not all people out there see charity as the good thing that it is. There are some people out there who have a very negative view when it comes to charity. Some of the reasons why people have a negative view of charity are political and some of the reasons that they have a negative view comes from just not caring. And it is the last set of people that you have to worry about when it comes to charity and the internet. There are a lot of people out there who will use the kindness of others as an excuse to be able to line up their own pockets with money. These are people that you really have to worry about when you are giving money online because you never know where it is truly going. So keep this in mind whenever you decide to give money on the internet. You never know what scam is going on behind the scenes.

There have been plenty of documented cases of scams on the internet that were based on the giving of charity. As a matter of fact, scams of this type have probably been around the longest. You can go back to one of the most famous internet frauds known as the Nigerian scheme. This is when people in Nigeria used email to send people a request for help. This letter relied on both the greed of people and the charity of people and that is what made it genius. The letter said that they needed desperate help to get money in a check owed to them so if the person would cash the check for them, they would give them a percentage. They said that the money was needed desperately to feed their family. So there was a ton of people who would do what the email requested and of course they were scammed.

And of course these are not the only two scams when it comes to charity online. There are a ton of new ones released all of the time. This is why you have to be careful when you are online. Before you give to any charity, make sure you do a lot of research first. A quick use of Google will tell you if it is a scam or not.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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