As expected, the spam related to Hurricane Gustav is starting to appear. It is an exploitation of the current news and the generosity of people who have followed this recent disaster. Legitimate charities do not seek donations through spam or chain mailings.
Hackers are expedient and opportunistic in manipulating situations for their personal profit. Check to be sure that the site is not spoofed. There is always the alternative of sending a check to your local relief organization, like the Red Cross.
Some of the security people have sent over samples of the spam that Hurricane Gustav has generated. The spoofing on some of these mailing is exceptionally. Just delete…