typhoon_scamSecurity experts are warning people to avoid scams linked to the deadly typhoon that swept the Philippines.

With thousands feared dead, many aid organizations and NGOs have been appealing for people to donate to rescue and relief efforts.

While there are several legitimate campaigns, security experts at Symantec warn that some scams are circulating online – scams that might not be apparent as such.

Emails have been sent out containing fake donation requests, along with social media pages that have been set up to direct people to make donations on compromised pages.

One email chain Symantec has tracked appears to come from a news anchor/reporter from a major news organization.

We’ve seen similar scams from “reputable” sources before, such as when someone sent out a fake breaking news email newsletter from CNN claiming to contain exclusive Snowden details.

To avoid becoming a victim, always be extra careful with opening unwanted emails, make sure the organization or sender is authentic and never send your personal details to someone over email.

Have you seen any online scams related to Typhoon Haiyan?