Scammers create fake donations for Turkey-Syria earthquake
19 February 2023 | 1:58 pm
TikTok lives, digital gifts, PayPal and cryptocurrency deposits are some of the main methods used by scammers that claim to raise money for survivors of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. We tell you what donation scams to look out for in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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