Scammers are using Hurricane Sandy as a way of tricking people out of money online. Cyber security companies are seeing a spike in spam messages that are using the words "hurricane," "Sandy," and "superstorm." Some of them offer loans, while others say you can help Sandy victims and get money for major retailers.
People who want to help Sandy victims are being urged to donate to the Red Cross or another legitimate agency. The Better Business Bureau's Chris Thetford says every natural disaster is followed by crooks and scammers.
He says you should be cautious when giving online to unfamiliar charities. Be wary of spam messages and emails that claim to link to a relief organization. After the tsunami disaster in 2004 and the earthquake in Haiti two years ago, many websites and organizations that were created overnight allegedly to help victims turned out to be scams.