Fears are growing that fraudsters are planning to exploit the after-effects of Hurricane Rita after a number of website registrations using the name.
Web monitoring firm Websense is warning that, even before the hurricane has hit the American mainland, fraudsters may be gearing up to exploit any charitable effort that follows.
In the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster fraudsters proved more than willing to try and scam the charitable out of their donations.
"We have not yet captured a fraudulent email or website that is online, however this is common as the storm is yet to hit," warned Websense.
"The names follow similar patterns to the Katrina scams as the terms 'rita', 'hurricane', 'disaster', 'relief' and 'donations' can be part of them. Most are currently registered with bulk domains."
The company is advising people to donate money only to registered charities.
The US National Hurricane Center has live information about the latest threats.
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