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Malicious Cyber Activity and Online Scam Warning in Wake of Hurricane Dorian

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman today urged everyone, particularly online users, to remain vigilant for malicious cyber activity and would-be scammers who may target Hurricane Dorian disaster victims and potential donors.

Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters and often contain links or attachments that direct users to malicious websites. Users should exercise caution in handling any email with a hurricane related subject line, attachment, or hyperlink. In addition, users should be wary of social media pleas, texts, or door-to-door solicitations relating to severe weather events.

U.S. Attorney Aaron Weisman commented, “We have all seen the heartbreaking pictures and heard the heart wrenching details of the devastation hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Sadly, there are always heartless, greedy individuals waiting to pounce on the kindness of others and victimize them.”

 U.S. Attorney’s across the country are encouraging Americans to review the following resources for more information and to take preventative measures to avoid becoming victims of malicious activity.

Staying Alert to Disaster-related Scams

Before Giving to a Charity

Staying Safe on Social Networking Sites

Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks

If you believe you have been a victim of cybercrime, file a complaint with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center at



Jim Martin

Updated September 6, 2019

Consumer Protection
Press Release Number: 19-108