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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Watch Out For Online Quake-Related Scams

This is the time the crooks come out in droves to capitalize on concerns

The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook cities all along the Eastern seaboard just minutes ago is likely to get Internet scammers up and moving, looking for ways to capitalize on the event by preying on people's natural curiosity and hunger for news.

As with any big event — especially a natural disaster — that draws people to the Web, online crooks quickly spring into action with enticing footage, "never-before-seen" pictures and donation sites, all designed to lure users into handing over their personal information or, in some cases, their money.

Here are some ways to stay safe online when searching for news about Tuesday's earthquake:

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