The National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has urged for increased vigilance against malicious cyber activity seeking to exploit interest in Hurricane Florence.

Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters and often contain links or attachments that direct users to malicious websites. Individuals should exercise caution in handling any email with a subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to the hurricane, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source.

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NCCIC advises users to verify the legitimacy of any email solicitation by contacting the organization directly through a trusted contact number.

Individuals should also be wary of fraudulent social media pleas, calls, texts, donation websites, and door-to-door solicitations relating to the hurricane.