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How to avoid Japan-related online scams

It’s been one week since Japan was hit by the twin disasters of a powerful earthquake rating 8.9 on the Richter scale and a tsunami that washed away entire villages. As concerns continue over the ability to control radiation leaks from several nuclear power plants along the country’s east coast, many empathizers around the world have opened their wallets to donate.

Related Story: Online scammers hijack Japan donation efforts

Yet while so many want to do the right thing and help Japan, others are unscruplous enough to use the disasters as a potential scam opportunity. It is shocking to think that cyber-criminals would want to divert any funds that would go to life-saving efforts in Japan, yet it started occuring just three hours after the disasters hit. With that in mind, Harmeet Singh shows how to spot the scams and ensure your donation is going towards a legitimate charity.

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Jim Love, Chief Content Officer, IT World Canada

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Harmeet Singh
Harmeet Singh
Harmeet reports on channel partner programs, new technologies and products and other issues relevant to Canada's channel community. She also contributes as a video journalist, providing content for the site's original streaming video. Harmeet is a graduate of the Carleton University School of Journalism.

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