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Workshop Scams, Phishing and Spoofing
Submitted by dfredenburg on December 4, 2008 - 1:55pm.
After fielding yet another question about a workshop/training invitation that was clearly a scam/phishing/spoofing exercise (this was an ICO US/UK EVENT from one Robert Rowen, in April it was a more professional effort from Gunderson Council Development Foundations) to one of our country programs I was wondering how other agencies deal with this. Clearly scammers now have our lingo down and are duping the unsuspecting. Maybe a page at AWN could be set up to repeat the advice we already give (e.g. below) and flag the most obvious ones when they pop up.
“The most important thing is to never, ever, reply – the point of a phishing email is to gauge your interest and any reply (even to ask for clarification or to say please don’t send me any more emails) is a positive one to these people and your address will be flagged to get more. If you want to find out the veracity of the workshop, get the foundation name (Steve Gunderson, Clinton Foundation) through the Council of Foundations or other resource and write directly – do not use any email address provided in the message.”