Scammers Create Fake Charities for Sandy Victims

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Internet scammers have found new targets recently--Americans looking to donate to victims of Superstorm Sandy.

More than 1,000 Internet domain sites including the words "Sandy" or "relief" were registered as the storm approached, CNN reported.

"We have no idea who these people are," Johannes Ulrich, president of SANS Security told CNN from his home in Jacksonville, Florida. "And what we notice is that they do register hundreds of these domains, in part, trying to trick people who go to these domains and then donate the money."

One website urged people to donate and linked any potential donors to a Pay Pal account, traced to an individual in North Carolina. The site was not registered with the secretary of state's office in North Carolina.

According to the Daily Record, Twitter and Facebook posts are being used by scammers who claim to be storm victims and ask for money.

Apple and Red Cross have joined to offer a safe system for donating, in order to help avoid online scams. Consumers can donate through their iTunes account.

Seventy percent of Americans donate money without checking where their money goes, according to Art Taylor, president of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.

The FBI took time earlier in the week to issue a public warning about scam artists in the time of devastating storms.

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