Email security solution AppRiver issued an alert about Hurricane Harvey related phish spotted in the wild. Surely there will be more to come.
Phishing attacks such as these are effective because of their convincing and compelling nature. They’re convincing because the public is aware of the crisis and the assistance campaigns are very real. It’s compelling because of the emotional nature of the content–there are many people suffering, and our desire to help others can be powerful.
Scams such as these show how far attackers are willing to go in order to defraud their victims. The example above shows the phrase “God bless you” included in the phish. So the lesson is especially relevant that attackers use emotionally charged contexts as part of their plan.