As 9/11 approaches, we look back with a solemn demeanor and with pride in our hearts. America is resilient. For those that lost their lives on that dreadful day and those whose lives were forever changed, we offer our gratitude and our condolences. It is because of the people of America that we are strong.

As America reflects on the events of the past, do not be lured in by heartless hackers and thieves. These malicious individuals are preparing to release malware attacks by taking advantage of your curiosity and your giving heart.

They are targeting social networking sites as well as setting up fraudulent websites to lure in unsuspecting victims. They are using phrases like “Bin Laden alive”, “in depth details about the terrorist attack”, “police investigation results” and “towers going down”.

Commemorative coins have also surfaced in fake auctions, claiming to have been minted from silver taken from ground zero.

Other scammers have been creating websites for “charitable donations” to the victims of 9/11. These websites not only take money away from the giving person, but also takes money from legitimate charitable organizations.

Be weary of emails and unknown websites purporting to be about the 9/11 attacks. The best rule of thumb is that if you were not expecting the email, do not open it.

If you want to donate to any charities, check them out first. The IRS has a searchable site to find charities. Another good resource is a site called GuideStar.

As you reflect on the past, please remember to stay safe online. Don’t be the victim of a different form of attack.

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